New Release & Video: The Decemberists – Once In My Life

The Decemberists have released a new video for Once In My Life, directed by acclaimed director and photographer Autumn de Wilde, and starring Autumn’s brother Jacob de Wilde

Take a look below…

The song is the lead track on the band’s eighth studio album I’ll Be Your Girl, and found the band – lead singer/guitarist Colin Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query, and drummer John Moen – embracing different influences and working with a new producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey) to broaden their sonic range and explore new approaches to making music

A statement from Colin Meloy comes as follows: “We were searching for a video idea for “Once In My Life” that would somehow capture the spirit of the song. In my mind, the song is a meditation, a plea to the cosmos that I imagine everyone, at some point or another, has made. We asked our old friend and collaborator Autumn de Wilde to pitch an idea and she came to us with a simple but powerful story: a depiction of her brother Jacob, a man who has lived with physical and intellectual differences his entire life, dancing in the streets of Los Angeles. The song, in this light, becomes more than just a “celebration of sadness,” (which I have sometimes called it) but suddenly a longing holler to the universe against one’s perceived otherness. This idea is particularly close to me as I’ve witnessed how the world sees my son Hank, who is autistic. When I’m out in public with Hank, I’m acutely aware of the world’s attachment to social and behavioral norms; in these situations, Hank’s otherness can suddenly be put in stark relief. Through the lens of Jacob’s joyful and defiant movement in Autumn’s video, we see a man shrugging off the constraints of an unaccommodating and judgmental world and truly reveling in his body and mind”

The Decemberists’ extensive 2018 touring continues later this month with West Coast US shows. They then reach the UK in early November. See below for a full tour schedule and visit decemberists.com for ticket information…

July 26 – Les Schwab Amphitheater – Bend, OR +
July 27 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA +
July 28 – Montbleu Resort & Casino – Stateline, NV +
July 30 – Humphrey’s – San Diego, CA +
July 31 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA +
August 1 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV +
August 2 – Snow Park Amphitheater – Park City, UT +
August 4-5 – Travelers’ Rest – Missoula, MT
August 9 – Edmonton Folk Festival – Edmonton, AB
August 11 – Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO *
August 12 – Bohemian Nights at Newwestfest – Fort Collins, CO
August 14 – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! – Brooklyn, NY ^
September 16 – Cityfolk – Ottawa, ON
September 17 – FirstOntario Concert Hall – Hamilton, ON #
September 18 – Express Live! – Columbus, OH #
September 20 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH #
September 21 – Iron City Birmingham – Birmingham, AL #
September 22 – Sing Out Loud – St. Augustine, FL
September 23 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL #
September 25 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX #
September 26 – Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA #
September 27 – Majestic Theater – Dallas, TX #
September 29 – Bass Concert Gall – Austin, TX #
September 30 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK #
October 1 – Holland Performing Arts Center – Omaha, NE #
October 2 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI #
October 4 – MASS MoCA – North Adams, MA ~
October 5 – Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA ~
October 8 – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN ~
November 4 – Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland %
November 5 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK %
November 7 – Eventim Apollo – London, UK %
November 8 – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK %
November 10 – O2 Academy – Leeds, UK %
November 11 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK %
November 12 – Albert Hall – Manchester, UK %
November 14 – Grote Zaal TiVre – Utrecht, Netherlands %
November 15 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands %
November 16 – Astra – Berlin, Germany %
November 17 – Rolling Stone Park @ Europa-Park – Rust, Germany

+ with Whitney
^ with Hamilton Leithauser
* Givers
# Kacy & Clayton
~ Marissa Nadler
% Hop Along