ARTIST / BAND: The Decemberists
MP3s: "The Rake's Song"
ALBUM: The Hazards Of Love
FILE UNDER: Folk Rock /Indie
INFO: The relationship between American alt-rock and the British folk revival of the 60s is a surprising one. You might think an impassable cultural and aesthetic gulf lay between the two genres, but there's evidence of an intermittent transatlantic love affair. The blanched, taut solos of Television were indebted to Richard Thompson's attempts to develop a blues-free language for the electric guitar. REM worked with British folk-rock's premier producer Joe Boyd in the 80s. More recently, erstwhile Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus coaxed Vashti Bunyan back on stage for the first time in 30 years.