Published Nov 30, 2010The buzz for bookish Oregon poppers the Decemberists has been getting out of control ever since the group announced their latest disc, The King Is Dead, earlier this month. After unveiling their album plans, the band revealed the cover art and later announced a whole host of tour dates to support the set. While early reports explained that the album would find the long-running group testing out a simpler sound, reining things in from their last prog pop masterpiece, Hazards of Love, news that the recording will be presented as a mega-deluxe box set suggest that, it its own way, The King Is Dead will be no less epic a release.
A post on the Decemberists' website points to the album, on top of being distributed in more traditional CD, LP and digital formats, also popping up as an extravagant, limited-edition affair. For a box set edition, 2,500 foil-stamped, linen-wrapped clamshell boxes will house both the CD version and a 180-gram vinyl pressing of The King Is Dead. A digital download will be delivered January 18, its release date, if the box doesn't arrive at your house in time.
Other goodies include a unique Polaroid taken by photographer Autumn de Wild during recording sessions, a 72-page hardcover book featuring illustrations from longtime artistic collaborator Carson Ellis (who designed the cover of 2006's The Crane Wife) and a DVD titled Pendarvia, which provides fans an in-depth look at the making of The King Is Dead. Check out the picture above if you want to ogle the jam-packed offering.
The box set can be pre-ordered here.