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The Decemberists' highly-anticipated performance at the Pavilion comes straight off the back of an avalanche of critical praise for their latest offering The King is Dead.
The album has been hailed as a 4-star 'delight' (The Telegraph), 'simply, a thing of beauty' (BBC) and frontman and songwriter Colin Meloy's 'best set since the Decemberists' breakthrough album, Picaresque.'
A cohesive expression of their musical evolution, The King is Dead presents sun-dappled, swirling melodies and poetic lyricism that evokes images of a pastoral backdrop, nature and the American backwaters. Early influences, firmly rooted in English folk, are discernable in Meloy's passion for tales and skillful storytelling.
The Decemberists' sound echoes the homespun sound of albums like Neil Young’s Harvest and The Byrds, and more recent musicians that borrow from American music traditions, such as REM and Camper Van Beethoven. Playing live, the band's performance is both intimate and epic equal measure with charismatic songwriter and frontman Colin Meloy taking centre stage for an unforgettable show.
There’s no shortage of angles to Blind Pilot’s story: the tours by bicycle, the sheer volume of iTunes downloads, the dizzying ride from relative obscurity to headlining a national club tour in less than a year. But the real story of Portland, Oregon’s Blind Pilot is about the songs. Led by the acoustic guitar and gentle voice of songwriter Israel Nebeker, Blind Pilot’s heartfelt music is the sort that cultivates devotion among fans, that elicits sing-alongs at concerts, that inspires late-night mixtapes.
This exceptional band has performed on Carson Daly’s show, opened arena shows in the UK and been selected as iTunes’ 'Single of the Week'.
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