The Decemberists are an indy-rock band out of Portland, OR. Theirs is intelligent music and the songs are often historical or dedicated to folklore. Like the old prog-rock bands that influenced them, there’s an abstract quality to the music and most of it tells some tale. That’s hard to do, while still retaining all the musical hooks necessary to make a song a good song.
These two tracks sound innocuous, but the subject matter is indeed dark and disturbing. The first track deals with a tryst gone wrong and there is a Tarantino feel to the video…all the band members star in it. The second live track encompasses subject matter I’m sure has never been put to song before.