A new record from The Decemberists, The King Is Dead, will be available on January 18th, 2011.
To whet our appetite for this release, the band is offering “Down by the Water,” a track from the new album that features the illustrious Peter Buck on 12 string guitar and Gillian Welch on vocal harmonies.
The record was made during the summer months at Pendarvis Farm in Southeast Portland.
Buck appears on three tracks and his influence is felt throughout. In fact, the end result, according to Colin Meloy, is a record heavily inspired by Buck’s legendary outfit R.E.M., with a sound that is more “straightforward, driving folk/rock.”