In anticipation of their next album coming out March 24, the Decemberists are making one of the album's songs available for free download today. "The Rake's Song" is a drums-heavy, dramatic tune from the album, The Hazards of Love which will weave a tale with the songs, each track telling another part of the dark but lively story. An email I received about the album today describes the album like this:
The Hazards of Love tells the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake, who recounts with spine-tingling ease how he came "to be living so easy and free" in the aforementioned "The Rake’s Song."
I'm liking "The Rake's Song" well enough but I can imagine tiring of it as it's a little on the repetitive side. You can nab a free download for yourself by clicking here, or to take a listen now, just read more.