The Decemberists, Portland, Oregon natives and infamous indie darlings, have released the first single from their upcoming LP, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. The single, entitled “Make You Better”, stays true to form with the band’s more conventional musical style from their 2011 release, The King Is Dead.
From the time of their 2001 EP release, 5 songs, The Decemberists have made a memorable impact in the indie hot bed Portland scene. With their initial brand of avant-garde folk mixed with singer/ guitarist Colin Meloy’s creative and poetic lyrics, the band has made some subtle changes to their sound, taking on a much more conventional approach with The King Is Dead, which was extremely well-received by fans and critics alike.
Despite the slight decline in the use of accordions, mandolins, and melodicas, Meloy and company have still managed to make a statement for their being just a bit unconventional compared to a lot of other acts that are often used in the same conversations as they are, and “Make You Better” attests to that fact.
With Meloy and vocalist/ mulit-instrumentalist Jenny Conlee belting in unison at the songs peak, “Won’t it all just come around and make you better/ Let it all unbreak you to the day you met her,” it certainly follows suit with Meloy’s style of presenting a clear time and setting in his tracks. The bright guitar employed in the intro of the song is also a testament to the band’s ability to set the mood for a track, which is promised with their songs more often than not.
With a large-scale tour looming to kick off in the next couple of months, and the band’s fourth Capitol Records release of, What A Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, set for January 20th, it looks like The Decemberists are back and here to stay for the time being.