The Decemberists – Down by the Water (featuring Gillian Welch)

If you seriously can’t wait for the Decemberists’ next album, The King Is Dead,to hit shelves on January 18, Meloy and Co. have a little something to tide you over… a free (for the price of an email address) download of their first single, “Down by the Water“; which, by the way, features the always-lovely Gillian Welch.

“Down by the Water” is a welcome return from the band, following the underwhelming Hazards; on this track they’re back to doing what they’ve always done best: spinning a kick-ass, slightly dark yarn over some wonderful interplay between a mass of instruments. Bear in mind, traditionally people have either loved or hated Colin Meloy’s voice, so you have a 50/50 chance of loving this song.

I hope you love it though.

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