The Decemberists Announce ‘The King Is Dead’

    For those who weren’t on board with 2009’s lavish rock opera The Hazards of Love, Colin Meloy and company are giving you another variation on their brand of theatrical, literate indie pop. Direct Current Music and a handful of other sources report that on Jan. 11, The Decemberists will release The King Is Dead. It’s the band’s sixth full-length album, their third for Capitol Records, and most likely not their first Morrissey bon mot.


    Possibly attributable to the influence of special guest Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Meloy promises listeners a more straightforward, folk-rock approach on The King Is Dead — and it shows in “Down By the Water” and some of other new tunes the band has been playing live. You should still probably keep a thesaurus handy and the Wikipedia entry on the 19th century bookmarked.


    Check out the track list below:


    01 Don’t Carry It All
    02 Calamity Song
    03 Rise to Me
    04 Rox in the Box
    05 January Hymn
    06 Down By the Water
    07 All Arise!
    08 June Hymn
    09 This Is Why We Fight
    10 Dear Avery