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Dwell Assessment: The Decemberists – Central Park Summerstage, NYC


The Decemberists took the stage earlier final week in Central Park NYC and delivered a rejuvenating comeback efficiency because the Covid-19 pandemic delayed their touring. The threatening rain forecast and clouds held up and the present went on with none hiccups.

The band started the evening with a robust rendition of ‘Leslie Ann Levine’. The ominous acoustic chord development set the bar for his or her really distinctive indie-folk sound. To maintain the power and jam spirit going, ‘Suckers Prayer’ rocked the viewers with its driving drumbeat and singalong lyric really feel. This is likely one of the highlights of the most recent Decemberists album from 2018, I’ll Be Your Lady.

With an introductory drum solo with crashing symbols and bass drum kicks, followers burst into cheer because the opening vocals of ‘Track For Myla Goldberg’ adopted. The Decemberists have many straightforward to comply with lyrics and Melodies that make the songs straightforward to sing alongside to. And particularly with a hometown nod with lyrics like “I do know New York I would like New York, I do know I would like distinctive New York”, this quantity was undoubtedly one of many nights highlights.

Subsequent the band whipped out ‘Shiny’, a deep reduce from the early years which was launched on The Tain EP. The power stored rocking, and the rain clouds stored threatening by the uptempo fan favourite ‘Rox In The Field’ from the 2011 launch The King Is Useless. Subsequent, lead singer Colin Melody instructed us to seize our accomplice and put together to waltz for a brand new track entitled ‘William Fitzwilliam’. Maintain your eyes peeled for this one on their subsequent (overdue) and hopefully quickly to be introduced studio album.

Subsequent the band delivered a enjoyable and energized rendition of ‘The Engine Driver’ after which they segued into ‘The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid’ from the 2009 album Hazards of Love. After an entire evening of prayers to carry up the rain, the band sang “Will we collect to conjure the rain down” on fan favourite singalong ‘Calamity Track’. The quick paced acoustic guitar riff and construction of this track makes it some of the catchy Decemberists songs to this point.

To maintain us hooked into the singalong power, the band turned in a robust model of ‘Down By The Water’, one other Decemberists hit that by no means disappoints a real fan. To shake issues up a bit, subsequent the band put collectively an edgy, exhausting rock model of ‘Severed’, one other latest Decemberists track from the 2018 I’ll Be Your Lady album. This electrical fashion change stored the power of the present thrilling with a distinct really feel of track.

Because the present started to wind down, the band delivered a mellow model of ‘Rusalka, Rusalka / Wild Rushes’, which served as a meditative celebration to the rain holding up after hours of threatening forecasts. The band closed their set with a vibrant rendition of ‘I Was Meant for the Stage’, an aptly named title for the most effective reside touring indie rock acts to this point.

The band got here again onstage for a 3 track encore, kicking it off with the favored ‘June Hymn’ from the 2011 album The King Is Useless. Then, particular visitor Broadway star Lin Manuel Miranda shocked us for some vocals on the suitable ‘Ben Franklin’s Track’ (given his Hamilton Broadway creation). ‘Sons & Daughters’ was the ultimate track of the evening and is all the time an effective way to cap off the evening. We’re excited to comply with the Decemberists and are searching for his or her subsequent studio album.

Scott Herman

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