The Decemberists Announce New Album ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’

Portland native indie-rock outfit The Decemberists have led quite the 17-year career, sprawling from ambitious folk to experimental rock opera. Now, the band has announced that their eighth studio album, titled I’ll Be Your Girlwill arrive on March 16th.

In addition to announcing a new album, The Decemberists have also dropped the I’ll Be Your Girl lead single, “Severed“. This track backs up lead singer Colin Meloy’s statement regarding the upcoming album’s diversity from other fixtures from their discography. “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.”

Check out the synth-driven “Severed” below.

Severed” is a shining example of the busy, electro-experimental pop sound The Decemberists achieved by enlisting John Congleton as their producer for I’ll Be Your Girl. And if “Severed” shows us anything, it’s that The Decemberists are a perfect fit for this type of music. Whether the rest of I’ll Be Your Girl will stand up to this incredible lead single remains to be seen as more songs roll out in the coming months. You can check out the full I’ll Be Your Girl track list below.

I’ll Be Your Girl Track List

1. “Once in My Life”
2. “Cutting Stone”
3. “Severed”
4. “Starwatcher”
5. “Tripping Along”
6. “Your Ghost”
7. “Everything is Awful”
8. “Sucker’s Prayer”
9. “We All Die Young”
10. “Rusalka, Rusalka / The Wild Rushes”
11. “I’ll Be Your Girl”

The Decemberists have also begun announcing Spring and Summer tour dates, including Boston Calling and the second year of their own Traveler’s Rest music festival, of which they will perform two unique sets across the weekend. The Decemberists will also be in NYC for a BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival show on June 13 in Prospect Park, with M. Ward serving as opener. Check out their full tour schedule below.

The Decemberists Tour Dates

March 22 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
March 23 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
March 24 – Tempe AZ @ Innings Festival
April 6 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
April 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
April 10 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
April 13-14 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
April 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
April 16 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
April 18 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
April 19 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
April 20 – Richmond, VA @ The National
April 21 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
April 23 – Geneva, NY @ Smith Opera House
April 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 25 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
May 22 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
May 25 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
May 26 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
May 27 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
May 28 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
May 30 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
June 2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
June 5 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
June 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 8 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
June 9 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green Street Music Hall
June 10 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
June 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
June 15 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
June 21 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
June 22-23 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
August 4-5 – Missoula, MT @ Travelers’ Rest

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