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 bands 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 albums 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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