The Decemberists had been teasing an announcement of what seemed like a new album for today, and now the news is here and it is in fact a new album. It's called I’ll Be Your Girl and it comes out on March 16 via Capitol Records. The first single is "Severed," a dose of bouncy synthpop that's a far cry from the folk rock that The Decemberists are known for. Colin Meloy's voice is as distinct as ever though, and hearing him sing over this kind of thing really works. Listen below.

UPDATE: The video is out now too. Watch below.

The album was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans, etc) and the band say, "He’s a bit of a goer, production-wise." They also add, "The songs tend to the darker, more absurdist side of things — I mean, how can you blame us — and features a lot of nice vintage synth work." There's also a deluxe edition of the album coming, and here are details:

We’re in the process of knitting together all of the components of what promises to be a behemoth of a deluxe edition of this record, a mystery box we’re calling I’LL BE YOUR GIRL: THE EXPLODED EDITION. Too soon to go into detail on this project. We’ll keep you updated as we know more. Extra tracks, exclusive art, wild packaging — it’s all to be expected. COMING SOON.

As mentioned, the band is also touring, including the return of their own Traveler's Rest festival in August and a BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival show on June 13 in Prospect Park with M. Ward. Tickets for that show are on presale now and the public on-sale begins Friday (1/19) at 10 AM.

They also have several newly-announced tour dates, which are listed below. There's also a VIP package for this tour and here are details:

You could attend these shows as a typical concert goer, purchasing a face-value ticket, appearing at the venue at the posted time, having a lovely time, leaving the theater to find yourself greeted by that selfsame malaise, that feeling that maybe there was something more, just there, in your grasp — OR YOU COULD BE A SUPER DYNAMITE ACTION CONCERT GOER by opting for THE WHOLE SHEBANG SUPER CONCERT ACTION PACKAGE. Along with securing great seats, you’ll be invited to a pre-show performance and Q&A with the band, receive a signed poster, and much more. We kid, but these are actually pretty cool and have been a blast to do since we started doing ‘em last year. TWSSCAPs (as they are fondly known) are available now.

M Ward also has some upcoming headlining shows, including one in Jersey City.

1. Once In My Life
2. Cutting Stone
3. Severed
4. Starwatcher
5. Tripping Along
6. Your Ghost
7. Everything Is Awful
8. Sucker’s Prayer
9. We All Die Young
10. Rusalka, Rusalka / The Wild Rushes
11. I’ll Be Your Girl

The Decemberists -- 2018 Tour Dates
03/22 Fox Theater @ Pomona, CA
03/23 Arlington Theatre @ Santa Barbara, CA
03/24 Innings Festival @ Tempe, AZ
04/06 Palace Theatre @ St. Paul, MN
04/08 Riverside Theater @ Milwaukee, WI
04/10 Chicago Theatre @ Chicago, IL %
04/11 Peoria Civic Center Theatre @ Peoria, IL %
04/13-14 Ryman Auditorium @ Nashville, TN %
04/15 Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre @ Atlanta, GA %
04/16 North Charleston Performing Arts Center @ Charleston, SC %
04/18 Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre @ Charlotte, NC %
04/19 Durham Performing Arts Center @ Durham, NC %
04/20 The National @ Richmond, VA %
04/21 The Anthem @ Washington, DC %
04/23 Smith Opera House @ Geneva, NY %
04/24 Agora Theatre @ Cleveland, OH %
04/25 Peabody Opera House @ St. Louis, MO %
05/22 Red Rocks Amphitheatre @ Morrison, CO +
05/23 Uptown Theater @ Kansas City, MO
05/25 Hill Auditorium @ Ann Arbor, MI
05/26 Artpark @ Lewiston, NY
05/27 Boston Calling Festival @ Boston, MA
05/28 MTELUS @ Montreal, QC
05/30 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts @ Toronto, ON
05/31 Benedum Center @ Pittsburgh, PA
06/02 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre @ Indianapolis, IN
06/05 Iroquois Amphitheater @ Louisville, KY
06/07 Mann Center for the Performing Arts @ Philadelphia, PA ^
06/08 College Street Music Hall @ New Haven, CT ^
06/09 The Green at Shelburne Museum @ Shelburne, VT ^
06/10 State Theatre @ Portland, ME ^
06/13 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell @ Brooklyn, NY ^
06/15 MASS MoCA @ North Adams, MA
06/21 Paramount Theatre @ Seattle, WA ^
06/22-23 – Edgefield @ Troutdale, OR ^
08/04-05 Travelers’ Rest @ Missoula, MT

^ with M. Ward
+ with Whitney
% with Tennis

More From Brooklyn Vegan