The Decemberists - Castaways and Cutouts
Artist: The Decemberists
Album: Castaways and Cutouts
Released: May 21st, 2002
Genre: Indie Folk
Length: 49:59
Label: Hush
Date Listened: February 23rd, 2021
Mike's Rating: Yeah, I dig it.
April 15th, 2021 | In My Ears

How I Found This: A few years ago I heard Severed on my car radio and immediately fell in love with it, purchasing the single digitally and looping it hundreds, perhaps thousands of times over and over as my personal background track for playing video games, specifically Rocket League. I knew The Decemberists existed before I heard this song, but I never listened to their music before.

Stream of Consciousness While Listening:

All aboard ye spooky pirate vessel, here comes a tale.

15 years gone now etc. This album is older than 15 years, pretty wild.

I can see why 19 years ago I didn't discover this and/or have any interest: back then I generally wasn't much into anything that was like a singer/songwriter storyteller type of thing, or in general something that you could sort of sway rhythmically to in an easy manner. I was prob listening to ‘Tell All Your Friends' on repeat or some stupid shit like that, but hey, it was the times. I can enjoy this now at least.

July July sounds pretty good, tambourine shake, harmonies, electric organ sound, it sounds like I'm, surprise surprise, listening to friends jamming at a 4th of July party.

oh okay we're just doing straight up pirate songs now, huh?
Admittedly, I'm a sucker for songs that use "la" or "da" or "ba" or etc to vocalize, I don't know why but it's just how it is, so this works for me basically no matter what.

What do we do?

That electric organ, I can't think of what it reminds me of exactly, but I think it reminds me of some sort of like "bad by design" music, like a parody from a movie or something

Everything is just sort of slow and breezy and quietly sad and I like it.

I paid 25 cents to light a little white candle, not gonna pretend like I understand this song but that line just worked for me.

Are you feeling better now?
Oh okay here's some "la"s again, looks like I love this song regardless

Legionnaire's Lament, uh, yes.

Are the decemberists just a pirate crew sent forward in time and can't deal with life in such a different environment so they just decided to sing their old salty songs as band?
Probably not, no. that seems unrealistic.
But if it was true, it wouldn't shock me.

I don't really know how to explain this but I feel like I would've been a better person in life if I had heard this album earlier than today, but at least I heard it today.

Be back again

I like to think we're driving on the one to where their ship is docked and they're going back home, but still, the one is nice so let's sing about that for a moment.

I'm a sucker for long songs, album enders, and songs that kinda just jam out into different directions.
Looks like this one fits all those.

What can ya do?

I also like songs that have "found media" or non sequitur dialogues or whatever that sound like found media, so that makes 4 things this song has that I like.

Nothing will stand in our way.

Neat Little Summary Thing: I originally listened to this album before I came up with the thought to write a neat little summary thing, so let's just say this one can be summed up as "acoustic pirates" and leave it at that.

A Better Review About This Album: This One by Wolfman at Tiny Mix Tapes