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The Decemberists

January 21st, 2015

Formed:
2000 in Portland, OR

Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






The Decemberists

Biography

Led by Montana native Colin Meloy, the Decemberists craft theatrical, hyper-literate pop songs that draw heavily from late-'60s British folk acts like Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the early-'80s college rock grandeur of the Waterboys and R.E.M. The band's initial lineup also included drummer Ezra Holbrook, bassist Nate Query, keyboardist/accordionist Jenny Conlee, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk. Frontman Meloy had previously devoted some time to an alternative country group before breaking off to pursue his craft as a singer/songwriter in the city of Portland, a move that eventually led to the Decemberists' formation. Drawing influence from his degree in creative writing, he began fashioning a hybrid of literate lyrics and wide-ranging pop music, touching upon everything from Sandy Denny to Morrissey in the process.

Top Albums


1. What a Terri..

2. The King Is ..

3. Picaresque

4. The Crane Wi..

5. Castaways an..

6. Her Majesty ..

7. Hazards of L..

8. Long Live th..

9. The Tain – E..

10. Five Songs -..

11. Picaresqueti..

12. iTunes Sessi..

13. We All Raise..

14. Billy Liar -..

15. What a Terri..

16. iTunes Live ..

17. Connect Set:..

18. The Perfect ..

19. The Rake's S..

20. Always the B..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.

Make You Better What a Terrible World, What.. 5:07 $1.29
2.

Beginning Song What a Terrible World, What.. 5:22 $1.29
3.

Wrong Year What a Terrible World, What.. 3:53 $1.29
4.

Lake Song What a Terrible World, What.. 5:52 $1.29
5.

Carolina Low What a Terrible World, What.. 3:24 $1.29
6.

Philomena What a Terrible World, What.. 3:04 $1.29
7.

Cavalry Captain What a Terrible World, What.. 3:17 $1.29
8.

Down By the Water King Is Dead 3:41 $1.29
9.

Singer Addresses His Audience What a Terrible World, What.. 4:42 $1.29
10.

Till the Water’s All Long Gone What a Terrible World, What.. 5:01 $1.29
11.

This Is Why We Fight King Is Dead 5:30 $1.29
12.

Anti-Summersong What a Terrible World, What.. 2:12 $1.29
13.

12/17/12 What a Terrible World, What.. 3:03 $1.29
14.

Better Not Wake the Baby What a Terrible World, What.. 1:44 $1.29
15.

Easy Come, Easy Go What a Terrible World, What.. 2:22 $1.29
16.

Mariner's Revenge Song Picaresque 8:45 $0.99
17.

Here I Dreamt I was an Architect Castaways and Cutouts 4:29 $0.99
18.

Mistral What a Terrible World, What.. 3:54 $1.29
19.

Crane Wife, Pt. 3 Crane Wife 4:18 $1.29
20.

Sons & Daughters Crane Wife 5:13 $1.29
21.

Calamity Song King Is Dead 3:48 $1.29
22.

O Valencia! Crane Wife 3:47 $1.29
23.

Engine Driver Picaresque 4:15 $0.99
24.

16 Military Wives Picaresque 4:52 $0.99
25.

Rox In the Box King Is Dead 3:07 $1.29

Top Music Videos


1. Calamity Song

2. Make You Bette..

3. O Valencia!

4. This Is Why We..

5. O Valencia!


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