Here is a great band with a more traditional sound and humongous talent. I almost hate to use the word “folk” though that’s the way they are usually described. They do like storytelling songs, but it’s combined with a very current outlook, sarcasm, and plenty of tongue-in-cheek. I’ve been lucky enough to see them twice – once at Governor’s Ball as you can see from the photo above.
This is an outstanding band. Many other bands could learn a thing or two from them. There are so many features to point out:
- Instruments include a Hammond Organ, upright bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica, accordion and several instruments I can’t identify.
- Colin Meloy’s voice. At first I didn’t get it, but over time his voice stood out to me as a truly magnificent instrument that fits the bands sound and elevates it to another level.
- Sensibility – I can’t pin this down for you. Suffice it to say, these guys have songs that will twist your brain. Check out “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” if you want to see what I mean. They make beautiful music in a sometimes terrible world.
Songs in this playlist:
Down By The Water – Great first song to see what makes this group so great. Lyrics, voicals, instruments, feeling, meaning. This is the stuff.
June Hymn – Focusing in on Colin’s voice, a song full of melancholy that works any month of the year.
Make You Better – The video version of this in the YouTube playlist is a lovely stripped down three-piece version of this song from 2015.
A Beginning Song – Something to make us think. Let’s make a new beginning.
YouTube playlist: Decemberists
Spotify playlist: Decemberists