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Discover & Download - The Decemberists

February 5, 2018

“When you’ve been a band for 17 years, inevitably there are habits you fall into,” says Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. “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.”

Highlighting the input of Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee, Meloy mentions the song “Severed” as a significant team effort. “That was written as a punk song, but wasn’t really working,” he says. “Jenny set this arpeggio throughout it, and it became like an early New Order song. And I had forgotten that when we made the demo, I also started a file to turn it into more of a Depeche Mode song—I actually wanted it to be a synth song all along."