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Colin Meloy of The Decemberists

On their new record, I'll Be Your Girl, The Decemberists have deliberately switched up their sound. Since the early 2000's they've been making a unique blend of lyrically dense indie folk rock, but there's a difference this time around, notably, word economy and keyboards - like Depeche Mode or Yaz keyboards. We'll talk about the changes the band made, and why they felt they had to make them. Colin will tell the story of how he came to write the music for "Ben Franklin's Song," a bonus track from the musical Hamilton. The song's lyrics were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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