Decemberists – Indie Folk to blow your mind

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.

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.

3 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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