The latest EP from Portland natives The Decemberists – Florasongs – is a palatable collection of five well-rounded tracks which were cut from their wonderful seventh studio album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, released back in January 2015.
Florasongs provides a whistlestop tour through the more folk-oriented sound that The Decemberists have to offer, from the straightforward strum of opening track Why Would I Now, through to the gentle roll of Riverswim and middle of the road, Harrowed And Haunted.
Fits And Starts temporarily brings the tempo up with bouncy (but ever well-behaved) 90s garage rock, while Stateside closes affairs with a final flourish of simplicity and yearning.
While an easily listenable taste of The Decemberists’ particular brand of indie folk rock, it might not necessarily leave first timers wanting more. But for existing fans it makes a pleasant addition to their extensive back catalogue that hardly requires justifying.