The Decemberists unveil new single ‘Make You Better’ and announce UK tour dates

New album 'What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World' due to be released on January 19

The Decemberists will play seven shows in the UK this February as part of a wider European tour to promote their forthcoming album ‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’.

Frontman Colin Meloy recently announced the album by busking in front of a painted mural of the cover in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Williamsburg and the band have now unveiled the LP’s first single ‘Make You Better’. Click above to listen.

The ‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’ tracklisting is:

‘The Singer Addresses His Audience’
‘Cavalry Captain’
‘Philomena’
‘Make You Better’
‘Lake Song’
‘Till The Water Is All Long Gone’
‘The Wrong Year’
‘Carolina Low’
‘Better Not Wake The Baby’
‘Anti-Summersong’
‘Easy Come, Easy Go’
‘Mistral’
’12/17/12′
‘A Beginning Song’

According to Meloy, the new album – the band’s seventh – was a result of a series of informal sessions. “Typically we book four or five weeks in the studio and bang out the whole record,” he explained in a statement. “This time, we started by just booking three days, and didn’t know what we would record. There was no direction or focus; we wanted to just see what would come out. We recorded ‘Lake Song’ on the first day, live, and then two more songs in those three days. And the spirit of that session informed everything that came after.”

‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’ is due to be released on January 19.

The Decemberists will play:

O2 Academy Glasgow (February 13)
O2 Academy Leeds (14)
O2 Academy Bristol (16)
Manchester Academy (17)
The Institute, Birmingham (18)
Brighton Dome Concert Hall (20)
O2 Academy Brixton (21)