Decemberists – Indie Folk to blow your mind

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:

  1. Instruments include a Hammond Organ, upright bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica, accordion and several instruments I can’t identify.
  2. 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.
  3. 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


6 Replies to “Decemberists – Indie Folk to blow your mind”

  1. These guys are one of my favourite bands. Seen them live twice. Just incredible. Something you don’t point out about these guys and it’s one of their hallmarks is their lyrics. Colin Meloy is a fantastic storyteller and uses some awesome big words.


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