The group certainly have a taste for narrative in their songs. Their last album, 2009’s ‘The Hazards Of Love’, told the story of Margaret, a woman who is sexually assaulted by a shape-shifting fawn and abducted by a villain known only as The Rake. 2006’s ‘The Crane Wife’ was a re-telling of a Japanese folk tale.
How The Decemerists ever convinced their record label to release a rock opera concept album where a woman gets sexually assaulted by a shape-shifting fawn and abducted by a villain is beyond me. Also? What kind of drugs is Colin Maloy on these days. Anyways, the Portland band is in discussions to write a Broadway musical, which is the real news of this piece.