The Decemberists - Picaresque
Although the Decemberists' new album, Picaresque came out four days ago, it is such a great album that I feel I must report on how much I love it. It sounds like their previous two albums (I never heard their EP, The Tain, though, so I can't say how it compares to that), but it is also a logical progression/development. Very, very good ... it will definately be on top 20 lists of 2005!
It was when I saw the video for Sixteen Military Wives that I concluded that the album sounds like what would happen if the Rsshmore movie cast and director got together and made an album. There is an innocence and old-fashioned kind of feel about the Decemberists' music and video, which I think links them very well to Wes Anderson and his crew.