Stream new Decemberists side project Offa Rex album

The lovely people at NPR Music have got a stream of the new album by Offa Rex, a side project from the Decemberists with English folk singer Olivia Chaney (no relation to Dick) (partly because they spell their surnames differently).  They say: “The Queen Of Hearts is the title of Offa Rex’s debut album, which features the musicians in The Decemberists backing up Chaney, who assumes lead vocalist duties. It’s a match made in folk-rock heaven. Like similar team-ups of yore — most notably the legendary pairing of The Albion Band and Shirley Collins in the early 1970s — Queen is an interpolation of vintage British Isles folk music as filtered through electric guitars and a sinewy rock backbeat. The result is both a tribute and translation, connecting the dots between contemporary indie music and a deeper cultural legacy. Continue reading “Stream new Decemberists side project Offa Rex album”

Decemberists team up with Olivia Chaney for new album – Watch

This is quite exciting, what a sound (and what cover-art!) Paste report: “When The Decemberists were heading out on tour in 2015 behind their last record, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”, Colin Meloy invited British folkie Olivia Chaney out to open some of their shows after hearing her album The Longest River. A noted fan of traditional British folk music and the ‘50s and ‘60s revival that paralleled and inspired the folk revival in the U.S., birthing artists like Fairport Convention and Martin Carthy, Meloy had a hope of Chaney joining him on stage to sing the tune “Willie O Winsbury,” a hope that never came to fruition. Continue reading “Decemberists team up with Olivia Chaney for new album – Watch”