The Decemberists: Long Live The King

On this six track EP, the Decemberists stick to the sound that made this year's The King Is Dead so tasty, leaning into rustic Americana like they're settling into an old chair. They recast the Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy" as bourbon-bleary blues, and "I 4 U & U 4 Me" chugs along confidently. In the campfire-folk murder ballad "E. Watson," the protagonist is buried facedown with "a good view into hell." Bright arrangements, apparently, don't mean brighter moods.

Listen to "Burying Davy":

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