The Decemberists

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: indie indie rock folk seen live alternative indie pop rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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The Decemberists emerged in the early 00s, and earned much acclaim for their distinctive brand of sophisticated, folk-tinged indie pop. Formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, by singer-songwriter Colin Meloy (5 October 1974, Helena, Montana, USA), the band’s original line-up also featured Jenny Conlee (accordion/piano), Nate Query (bass), Ezra Holbrook (drums/vocals), and Chris Funk (b. Valparaiso, Indiana, USA; theremin/pedal steel guitar). Meloy spent some time in a country band Tarkio, and took a degree in Creative Writing, and both projects show through on the rootsy atmospheres and literate, narrative, image-rich lyrics of the Decemberists’ 2002 debut, Castaways And Cutouts. The album’s highly melodic songs simultaneously recalled sea shanties, 60s UK folk, 70s soft rock, and the contemporary alt-folk of acts such as Neutral Milk Hotel

In 2003 the Decemberists signed to heralded indie label Kill Rock Stars, which re-released the...

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