Decemberists set to release new album The Hazards of Love March 24
On March 24th, Capitol Records will release The DecemberistsÂÃ¯Â¿Â½ fifth album—entitled The Hazards Of Love, the follow-up to the groupÂÃ¯Â¿Â½s 2006 breakthrough,The Crane Wife. No Decemberists long player would be complete without some kind of theme or concept running throughout and it sounds like this won’t be any different. According to the press release, “the 17-song suite, recorded with the bandÂÃ¯Â¿Â½s longtime producer, Tucker Martine, is rooted in ancient language and imagery, yet entirely modern and accessible.” Wow.
The Decemberists are making ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½“The RakeÂÃ¯Â¿Â½s Song“ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½ from The Hazards available as a free download starting today at www.decemberists.com.
For more on that concept, here’s mainman Colin Meloy has to say: “There’ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½s an odd bond between the music of the British folk revival and classic metal. ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½A natural connection between, like, Fairport Convention and Black Sabbath ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½ of course, Sandy Denny from Fairport even sang with Led Zeppelin on ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½The Battle of Evermore.ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½ I think thereÂÃ¯Â¿Â½s a shared sense of narrative and ambience, of moving beyond the first person in your writing. And I thought it would be interesting to mess around with that.ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½”
Apparently The Hazards Of Love tells the story of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting beast; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake.ÂÃ¯Â¿Â½ Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden deliver the lead vocals for the female characters, while My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Robyn Hitchcock and the Spinanes’ Rebecca Gates appear in supporting roles.
The track listing for The Hazards Of Love is as follows:
2. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles WonÂÃ¯Â¿Â½t Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
3. A Bower Scene
4. WonÂÃ¯Â¿Â½t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
5. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
6. The QueenÂÃ¯Â¿Â½s Approach
7. IsnÂÃ¯Â¿Â½t it a Lovely Night?
8. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
9. An Interlude
10. The RakeÂÃ¯Â¿Â½s Song
11. The Abduction of Margaret
12. The QueenÂÃ¯Â¿Â½s Rebuke / The Crossing
13. Annan Water
14. Margaret in Captivity
15. The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
17. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)