The Decemberists are back with a new single “Burial Ground,” marking their first new music in the six years since 2018’s I’ll Be Your Girl. In addition to featuring The Shins’ James Mercer on backing vocals, clever lyrics, melodic guitar lines, jangly percussion, and the comforting vibes of a Ren Faire campfire abound. The Decemberists are so back.
“‘Burial Ground’ is in that time-honored pop song tradition, a paean to hanging out in graveyards,” said bandleader Colin Meloy. “The melody hook came to me in a dream and I hummed it into my phone on waking. Most dream-songs are bad; this was the exception.”
The Decemberists will head out on a massive North American tour this spring and summer, kicking off on April 30 in Kingston, New York at the Ulster Performing Arts Center and wrapping up in August on the West Coast. Check out “Burial Ground” below, and visit the band’s official website for a full list of tour dates.