The Decemberists are the kind of band that always keeps its fans on edge wondering what they’ll do next. First, they released a full-length LP, The King Is Dead, a simple folk-pop album that turned out to be a complete 180 from the high-concept of their previous album. A few months ago, lead singer Colin Meloy released his first venture into children’s novel writing, _Wildwood, to critical acclaim (and even the possibility of a future stop-motion film adaptation).
Now, as if this year couldn’t get any better for Decemberists fans, the band is set to release a new EP titled Long Live The King_. Judging by the art work and title alone, it’s obvious that Long Live The King is part of the The King Is Dead sessions. Fortunately, because the band worked so hard to make The King Is Dead a concise statement at only 10 songs, these tracks hold up just as strong as the LP itself.
Today, we’re premiering the EP’s lead track “E. Watson.” This acoustic folk track is classic Decemberists storytelling at its best, featuring Meloy and contributing vocalists Laura Veirs and Annalisa Tornfelt spinning the narrative of a lawless cane sugar plantation owner named Edgar Watson. Taking inspiration from Peter Matthiessen’s 1990 fictional novelization of the man, Killing Mister Watson, the material works great for the band’s return to stripped-down instrumentation and their exploration of the American mythos. Don’t miss the six-song EP when it drops on Nov. 1 and check out the opening track “E. Watson” below.