Strains of British folk, indie pop, and prog rock all make their way into The Decemberists' sound, and on the band's latest album called 'The Crane Wife,' songwriter Colin Meloy lets a Japanese folk tale lead the way. Tonight, Russ Borris gets a little background on the new songs as The Decemberists perform live in Studio-A.
Their last album The Hazards Of Love was a 17-song rock opera, and after that The Decemberists wanted to do something shorter, simpler, and quieter. That album, The King Is Dead, isn't out until January, but we got a sneak preview with The Decemberists' Colin Meloy and Rita Houston in Studio A. [10/22/10]