Nevermind that the the Decemberists make wonderful, charming pop music or that their vocabulary kicks my vocabulary’s ass. Nevermind that they are a lot of fun live, as witnessed at Spaceland on Friday. Nevermind that the first stanza of Red, Right Ankle makes me ridiculously happy and I can’t stop humming it.
No, nevermind that. They have good taste, too.
The band’s sound goes hand-in-hand with the aesthetics of illustrator Carson Ellis. Ellis’s artwork is all over the band’s CD covers, T-shirts and website, and it’s beautiful. Not to mention that her cursive handwriting makes me swoon. If she made a font of her handwriting, I’d use it all the time.