DECEMBERISTS Castaways & Cutouts LP
2020 reissue of the classic debut album from 2002
As its title would suggest, The Decemberists 2002 debut Castaways and Cutouts is a record populated with an eclectic array of unlikely characters in various states of abandonment and revelry. While the likes of Spanish gypsies, infant specters, and Turkish prostitutes are not common elements to be found within modern pop music, these figures find ample footing within the songcraft of Colin Meloy, supported comfortably by the band's lush and orchestral instrumentation. Recorded over a two month period in a warehouse in Portland, Oregon's Industrial Southeast, the record swims gracefully between heart-rending, deftly arranged pop and scrappy off-the-cuff dirge.
- Leslie Anne Levine
- Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect
- July, July!
- A Cautionary Song
- Grace Cathedral Hill
- The Legionnaire's Lament
- California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade