The Decemberists' John Moen Details New Solo Album as Perhapst

The Decemberists' John Moen Details New Solo Album as Perhapst
John Moen plays the drums for the Decemberists, and has previously beat the skins for Stephen Malkmus and Elliott Smith, but this summer he'll be stepping out from behind the kit and into the spotlight when he releases his latest solo album under the moniker Perhapst. Revise Your Maps is out on June 25 via Jealous Butcher Records.

The album reportedly includes a couple of songs dating back to his '90s band the Maroons. He told Billboard that his songwriting is influenced by artists he's worked with like Stephen Malkmus and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy.

According to a press release, the album is "imbued with sweetness, sass and melancholy." Sonic touchstones include the Byrds' 1968 album The Notorious Byrd Brothers and Squeeze.

For a taste of Moen's songwriting, stream the album cut "Revise Your Maps" below [via Billboard]. This harmony-filled country rock tune is reportedly about stage fright, while other songs "call out to a bonnie-haired beloved, broadcast from a moored ship that used to go places, stay up late to bemoan and old sadness." The roots-pop number "Ramble Scramble" is also streaming below [via Brooklyn Vegan].

This follows Perhapst's 2008 self-titled album.

Revise Your Maps:

1. Birds Off a Wire
2. Willamette Valley Ballad
3. Ramble/Scramble
4. Revise Your Maps
5. Sorrow & Shame
6. True Sparrow
7. Fine Me
8. Offering the Blues
9. Still (Mt. Zero)
10. Thousand Words
11. Queen Mary
12. Highlife
13. Lightlow Nightowl