Decemberists' Keyboardist's Cancer 'Officially in Remission'
Decemberists' Keyboardist's Cancer 'Officially in Remission'

The Decemberists are in the very early stages of crafting the follow-up to 2011's "The King Is Dead," according to drummer John Moen.

"We’re starting very, very, very quietly and timidly starting recording," Moen said. "By the end of the year we'll have something recorded." However, he noted it would likely be "another year and a half" before fans could hear something from the finished project.

"The King Is Dead" marked the Portland folk band's first debut atop the Billboard 200 and also their biggest sales week to date, moving 94,000 units its first week out, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Perhapst, 'Revise Your Maps': Exclusive Song Premiere From the Decemberists' John Moen

Moen spoke to Billboard regarding his solo project Perhapst, whose song "Revise Your Maps" recently debuted on Billboard.com. It's from the LP of the same title, which is due out June 25 on Jealous Butcher Records.

Along with Decemberists bandmates Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, and Nate Query, Moen also just released a new 11-song album under the name Black Prairie. It's called "Wild Ones" and was inspired by a book of the same name on endangered species by writer Jon Mooallem.