The 13 songs on World Travels Fast, the newest recording from Milwaukee indie-folk outfit Decibully, are indeed well traveled. Following a twisting path that spanned years, continents, and record labels, the band emerged with a record that is uncompromising and remarkably focused.
Recorded in basements from Milwaukee to Armenia, and in the haunting expanse of an abandoned malted milk factory the album is the band's first release since 2005’s critically lauded Sing Out America! Featuring contributions from the band's Milwaukee musical bretheren including members of The Championship, Wooden Robot, Juniper Tar, and Celebrated Working Man; World Travels Fast documents the band fully embracing musical collaboration. The result is 53 minutes of rich sonic landscapes, brash experimentation, and hook-laden pop.
This six piece has honed an energetic and ultimately more rocking approach to their music in the album's four year gestation period, yet maintained the earnest and dynamic approach to Americana they've spread here and abroad on tours with Lucero, Owen, Califone, and Shearwater. This dedication to touring and a desire to connect with its audience has led to many of the lyrical themes. Though hardly a concept record, several of the songs explore the many ways that we communicate on a rapidly shrinking planet.
Featuring members of Headlights and The Promise Ring, Decibully treads a territory that is dusty and timeless while managing to transcend mere homage to those that have gone before them. The time between records has also allowed the band to take a new approach to how they share their music with the world.
World Travels Fast, their first record since parting ways with Polyvinyl Records, will be released on double vinyl with CD by Listening Party. This is the first release for the Milwaukee based label, which will also have "World Travels Fast" available for high quality download at a pay what you want price on the label's website.
It has taken a long while for this amazing record to find the light of day, but we here at Listening Party feel that it was well worth the wait.
Decibully, World Travels Fast
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