The Decemberists’ seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, is the band’s most varied and dynamic work to date, both musically and emotionally.

Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, The Decemberists have always been known for their sense of scope and daring, however, on What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, the band took a different approach, forging what has been described as a distillation of the best things about this remarkable band. A new way of working led to a renewed excitement about the next chapter for The Decemberists. “I’ve never lived with a record for so long,” says band member Colin Meloy, “documenting my shifts and changes as a songwriter, with a real sense of time passing. And there’s something very freeing about working on music with absolutely no agenda, and just letting the songs become themselves.”

Bassist Nate Query uses the Full Circle Upright Bass Pickup along with the Platinum Pro EQ. Guitarist Chris Funk uses the Aura Spectrum DI, Loudbox Artist, Platinum Pro EQ, and Matrix Infinity.