The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney teamed up as Offa Rex to release The Queen of Hearts (due July 14 via Nonesuch), which mostly features their takes on folk traditionals. The newest single is "Blackleg Miner," which was (and still is) a staple for Steeleye Span, a band whose influence on Offa Rex can be strongly felt. Colin Meloy takes lead on this one, and his delivery will bring you right back to The Decemberists' pre-Crane Wife era. It's really great stuff -- listen below.

Offa Rex also have upcoming dates, including Newport Folk Festival, NJ's XPoNential Fest, and a NYC show on July 26 at Town Hall (tickets).