And It Comes In The Form Of A Busking Colin Meloy
“It’s coming out January 20th. We’re announcing it next week; don’t tell anybody,” Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy said to the small gathered crowd in Brooklyn on Friday morning. Meloy was there to announce that The Decemberists — having been on official hiatus since the middle part of 2011 — have a new record on the way: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. And, just like he said, it’s coming January 20th, which will be, almost to the day (January 14, 2011), four years since the band’s last full effort, The King is Dead.
Meloy played a short set littered with a few new songs as well as a few Decemberists classics. He played ‘The Crane Wife,’ ‘The Engine Driver,’ and ‘Don’t Carry It All,’ which he intermingled with new entries ‘Lake Song,’ and ‘Make It Better.’ He also played ‘Carolina Low’ — another track reported to be on the new record — earlier this year on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi.
There have been a couple of scattered Decemberists gigs across the last year or so, with the most recent being their two-night performance for the Victory Academy in Portland back in May, as well as a cameo on Parks and Recreation. Among the scattered appearances, another track called ‘Philomena’ surfaced, which is presumably yet another piece to the upcoming record.
You can watch videos of most of the set here, but you can check out ‘Lake Song’ below.