Concert preview: The Decemberists resume right where they left off after hiatus

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Decemberists’ long-awaited new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, reflects, as the title suggests, singer-songwriter Colin Meloy’s recent ups and downs. The four years between that album and its predecessor (2011’s The King is Dead) might be a further reflection of Meloy’s recent high-points.

Without the pressures of music label deadlines, the band was unhurried in recording its new album, which gave Meloy time to devote to his latest endeavor: writing the “Wildwood Chronicles” children’s books with his wife, Carson Ellis, at their Portland, Oregon farm house.

“Over the past four or five years, my perspective has shifted, my priorities have shifted. We’re in a position where we can slow down production a little bit. I’ve also sold another couple of books and that’s a big part of what I want to do. I think this might be the new regime,” Meloy told The Guardian.

That time off, however, hasn’t dulled the band’s uber-literate pop/indie acoustic sound, which still mimics Meloy’s album collection of the late ’60s and early ’80s, and the stories told therein are as captivating as ever, unleashing entire worlds in short pop songs.

Shovels & Rope will join the Decemberists for this tour, and for every ticket sold, a dollar will be sent to Revolutions Per Minute for a charitable donation on behalf of the band.

LC Pavilion

7 p.m. Sunday, May 31

405 Neil Ave., Arena District