Decemberists Feeling 'Picaresque' On New Set

Indie rock outfit the Decemberists will unveil a new album, "Picaresque," March 22 via Kill Rock Stars.

Indie rock outfit the Decemberists will unveil a new album, "Picaresque," March 22 via Kill Rock Stars. The 11-track set was produced by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla and recorded in a church in the group's Portland, Ore., hometown. "Picaresque" is the follow-up to 2003's acclaimed "Her Majesty the Decemberists," which has sold 40,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Highlights of the new set include the multi-faceted, spy-themed "Espionage," the horn-drenched, celebrity deflating "16 by 32" and the gently chugging, organ-tinged "The Sporting Life," a humorous reflection on failed athletic pursuits.

The Decemberists have yet to announce tour plans in support of the new album, but frontman Colin Meloy is expected to perform some of the material on his upcoming 10-date solo trek, which begins Thursday (Jan. 13) in Seattle. According to the group's official Web site, Meloy will be selling a tour-only EP "comprised entirely of Morrissey rarities covers."

Here is the track list for "Picaresque":

"The Infanta"
"We Both Go Down Together"
"Eli, The Barrowboy"
"The Sporting Life"
"Espionage"
"Lost at Sea"
"16 by 32"
"Engine Driver"
"Bus Mall"
"The Mariner"
"Angels"

Here are Meloy's solo dates:

Jan. 13: Seattle (Triple Door)
Jan. 14: Portland, Ore. (Doug Fir)
Jan. 16: San Francisco (Cafe du Nord)
Jan. 17-18: Los Angeles (Hotel Cafe)
Jan. 19: Chicago (Schuba's)
Jan. 21: Arlington, Va. (Iota)
Jan. 22, 24: New York (Fez)
Jan. 23: Cambridge, Mass. (TT the Bear's)