Music > Artists > Alternative
Formed:
2000 in Portland, OR

Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






The Decemberists

Biography

Led by Montana native Colin Meloy, the Decemberists craft theatrical, hyper-literate pop songs that draw heavily from late-'60s British folk acts like Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the early-'80s college rock grandeur of the Waterboys and R.E.M. The band's initial lineup also included drummer Ezra Holbrook, bassist Nate Query, keyboardist/accordionist Jenny Conlee, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk. Frontman Meloy had previously devoted some time to an alternative country group before breaking off to pursue his craft as a singer/songwriter in the city of Portland, a move that eventually led to the Decemberists' formation. Drawing influence from his degree in creative writing, he began fashioning a hybrid of literate lyrics and wide-ranging pop music, touching upon everything from Sandy Denny to Morrissey in the process.

Top Albums


1. What a Terri..

2. What a Terri..

3. The King Is ..

4. Picaresque

5. Castaways an..

6. The Crane Wi..

7. Her Majesty ..

8. Hazards of L..

9. Long Live th..

10. The Tain - E..

11. Five Songs -..

12. Picaresqueti..

13. iTunes Sessi..

14. We All Raise..

15. Billy Liar -..

16. Connect Set:..

17. The Perfect ..

18. iTunes Live ..

19. The Rake's S..

20. Always the B..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Make You BetterWhat a Terrible World, What..5:07$1.29
2.
Beginning SongWhat a Terrible World, What..5:22$1.29
3.
Wrong YearWhat a Terrible World, What..3:53$1.29
4.
Lake SongWhat a Terrible World, What..5:52$1.29
5.
Down By the WaterKing Is Dead3:41$1.29
6.
Carolina LowWhat a Terrible World, What..3:24$1.29
7.
PhilomenaWhat a Terrible World, What..3:04$1.29
8.
This Is Why We FightKing Is Dead5:30$1.29
9.
Cavalry CaptainWhat a Terrible World, What..3:17$1.29
10.
12/17/12What a Terrible World, What..3:03$1.29
11.
Make You BetterWhat a Terrible World, What..5:07$1.29
12.
Better Not Wake the BabyWhat a Terrible World, What..1:44$1.29
13.
Singer Addresses His AudienceWhat a Terrible World, What..4:42$1.29
14.
Calamity SongKing Is Dead3:48$1.29
15.
Easy Come, Easy GoWhat a Terrible World, What..2:22$1.29
16.
Here I Dreamt I was an ArchitectCastaways and Cutouts4:29$0.99
17.
Till the Water’s All Long GoneWhat a Terrible World, What..5:01$1.29
18.
Mariner's Revenge SongPicaresque8:45$0.99
19.
Anti-SummersongWhat a Terrible World, What..2:12$1.29
20.
MistralWhat a Terrible World, What..3:54$1.29
21.
Sons & DaughtersCrane Wife5:13$1.29
22.
Crane Wife, Pt. 3Crane Wife4:18$1.29
23.
Engine DriverPicaresque4:15$0.99
24.
January HymnKing Is Dead3:12$1.29
25.
16 Military WivesPicaresque4:52$0.99

Top Music Videos


1. Calamity Song

2. Make You Bette..

3. O Valencia!

4. This Is Why We..

5. O Valencia!


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