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The Decemberists Announce New EP, ‘Florasongs,’ Share New Song, ‘Why Would I Now?’

It's out on October 9

The Decemberists are back: Portland’s premiere baroque-pop — though lately more folk-focused — outfit announced on their Facebook on September 11 that a new EP, florasongs, is due October 9 via Capitol Records.

As if to answer questions about why they’re releasing something new now, the first listen off the five-track effort is called “Why Would I Now?” With plenty of slide guitar, harmonica, and country-indebted riffs, the yearning effort is not unlike something you’d find on their 2011 180-degree change in style, The King Is Dead. Listen here and find the Decemberists’ list of tour dates and florasongs’ track list below.

Florasongs track list:
1. “Why Would I Now?”
2. “Riverswim”
3. “Fits & Starts”
4. “The Harrowed and the Haunted”
5. “Stateside”

The Decemberists tour dates:
September 23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavillion *
September 24 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre %
September 25 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall %
September 27 – Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
September 28 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Ampitheater $
September 29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre At Old National Centre $
September 30 – Madison, WI @ Overture Center $
October 2 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre $
October 3 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live At The Moody Theater $
October 4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
October 11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

* with tUnE-yArDs
% with Lucius
$ with Olivia Chaney