The Portland based indie band, The Decemberists’ anticipated seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, was released on January 20th, 2015. Inspiration for this Tucker Martine production derived from coping with life and its many inevitabilities. Concluding their first headlining tour in three years, the group has been hustling to promote their nostalgia-laced single, Make You Better, which has already been received with rave reviews.
This past October the band’s lead singer, Colin Meloy, performed the song via a spontaneous solo show on the corner of Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The album’s art work, hand painted by the Overall Murals team, served as a backdrop for the street concert. Colin announced the busking that day on his Twitter page, gathering a small group of local die-hard fans around the mural, adjacent to the busy subway station entrance.
The album cover, an original piece by Canadian, award-winning illustrator Carson Ellis was enlarged and recreated by our proficient painters. The array of colors, stand out against the building’s slate facade. To further create anticipation for the album, footage of the artists at work on the cover art was included in the The Decemberists’ official song teaser.