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The Decemberists Step Into the Studio For Their ‘Lake Song’ Lyric Video

It's the second single from the band's upcoming album, 'What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World'

The Decemberists’ new lyric video for “Lake Song,” the second track they’ve shared from their upcoming album, offers a relaxing and beautiful portrait of the darkly whimsical folk group at work. The crisp, black-and-white footage shows the Portland band recording in their studio, as introspective lyrics float over their faces and piano keys.

The song itself — which they first played at Boston Calling in May — is quite pretty, and sounds sonically closer to their earlier work than, say, 2011’s Americana-slanted The King is Dead, or even 2006’s Japanese folktale-referencing The Crane Wife. Their new record, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, which includes the starry lead single “Make You Better,” drops on January 19.