The Decemberists “I’ll Be Your Girl” (Capitol Records, 2018)

Everything you’ve heard about ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ is true – it’s a glorious confection that is spectacularly different from everything that has gone before. And yet it’s also so recognisably in keeping with everything that The Decemberists have ever done. The big difference is that synthesizers and keyboards are given a prominence not heard since ‘The Hazards of Love’, but unlike that coherent experiment in developing a folk-rock opera in the mode of, but so much better than, Jethro Tull ‘I’ll be your Girl’ plays with different styles – from ecstatic release to the Floydesque and through various modes of British influenced Glam-rock.  Continue reading “The Decemberists “I’ll Be Your Girl” (Capitol Records, 2018)”

Decemberists will tour the UK in November

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice ! This November will see the long awaited return to these hallowed shores of, arguably, the greatest band in the world currently touring.  A strong claim, but one which you don’t really want to disagree with – we’re more than happy to argue the point.  Endlessly.  And anyway, why argue ?  Isn’t it enough to know that in a few mere months the streets of our fine cities will echo to the clipping blakey studded heels of Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, John Moen, Chris Funk and Colin Meloy?  Continue reading “Decemberists will tour the UK in November”