On hiatus for the time being, the Decemberists
have announced a forthcoming EP—a parting gift of sorts—of acoustic songs that come from the same Pendarvis Farm sessions as this year's The King Is Dead
. It only stands to reason that the six-song release is called Long Live the King
, and it's out November 1. Pitchfork
has posted the track list, which includes the Prince-sounding "I 4 U & U 4 Me," and a cover of the Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy." Meanwhile, members of the band are either gassing up the Black Prairie machine
or writing books
, and for Decemberists fans, the EP something to tide them over during the coming hiatus following a period of activity that was a decided high note of their career. For Decemberists non-fans, it's something they can ignore.