The Decemberists Announce New Album, ‘As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again’

The Decemberists band press photo 2024

If you’ve been missing The Decemberists, I’ve got good news. The Decemberists have announced their longest album to date, As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again.

The new album will be released on June 14th. It is the band’s first intentional, proper double-LP, split into four thematic sides, and frontman Colin Meloy believes it to be their best album yet.

The Decemberists press photo

Two songs have already been released from the upcoming album. These include “Burial Ground,” released last month, and “Joan in the Garden,” which is inspired by Joan of Arc’s hallucinatory visitation by angels, as depicted in Jules Bastien-Lepage’s famed painting.

At 19 minutes, “Joan in the Garden” is the band’s longest song yet.

Other tracks include “Long White Veil,” a romantic ghost story, and “William Fitzwilliam,” a song inspired by John Prine, and a 16th-century British diplomat who, as Meloy puts it, “just had a name that needed to be sung.”

As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again is the band’s first full-length release on YABB Records, its own label. It’s co-produced by Tucker Martine and Colin Meloy.

The Decemberists - As It Ever Was, So It Will be Again, album cover art
The Decemberists – As It Ever Was, So It Will be Again, album cover art

The band kicks off their North American tour next month. You can find their list of tour dates here.

Check out the full tracklist for As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again:

01 Burial Ground
02 Oh No!
03 The Reapers
04 Long White Veil
05 William Fitzwilliam
06 Don’t Go to the Woods
07 The Black Maria
08 All I Want Is You
09 Born to the Morning
10 America Made Me
11 Tell Me What’s on Your Mind
12 Never Satisfied
13 Joan in the Garden

Pre-order As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again here.

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Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of Eulalie Magazine. Favorite Movies: Sunset Boulevard, Garden State, Modern Times. Favorite TV Shows: Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey's Anatomy. Favorite Books: Interview with the Vampire, Dracula, City of Glass.

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