Acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based band The Decemberists are exploring a new sound with their upcoming album I’ll Be Your Girl, out March 16 on Rough Trade Records. The band have been working with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Ray) and embracing influences such as Roxy Music and New Order to spark a new creative path for their eight studio album.
“When you’ve been a band for 17 years, inevitably there are habits you fall into,” says frontman Colin Meloy. “So our ambition this time was really just to get out of our comfort zone. That’s what prompted working with a different producer and using a different studio. We wanted to free ourselves from old patterns and give ourselves permission to try something different.”
These new influences can be heard on their synth-driven lead single ‘Severed’, which you can hear below.
The band have also announced the first dates (USA only so far) of their 2018 Your Girl / Your Ghost World Tour, which kicks off March 22.