Castaways and Cutouts

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Castaways and Cutouts
Studio album by The Decemberists
Released May 21, 2002
Recorded January – February 2002
Genre Indie rock, indie folk
Length 49:59
Label Hush
Producer The Decemberists
The Decemberists chronology
Castaways and Cutouts
Her Majesty the Decemberists
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[2]

Castaways and Cutouts is the first full-length album by The Decemberists, originally released on May 21, 2002, on Hush Records and reissued on May 6, 2003, on Kill Rock Stars. The album's title is taken from a line in the song "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade".

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (and now wife) of Colin Meloy. She has created artwork for each of the band's albums. This is the band's only full-length release with Ezra Holbrook on drums. (He played drums on the 5 Songs EP and performed backing vocals on The Crane Wife.)


The album ranked #89 on Under the Radar's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s[3] and #96 on Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2000-2004.[4] It also ranked #79 on JustPressPlay's Top 100 albums of the 2000s.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Colin Meloy.

No. Title Length
1. "Leslie Anne Levine"   4:12
2. "Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect"   4:31
3. "July, July!"   2:51
4. "A Cautionary Song"   3:08
5. "Odalisque"   5:20
6. "Cocoon"   6:48
7. "Grace Cathedral Hill"   4:28
8. "The Legionnaire's Lament"   4:44
9. "Clementine"   4:07
10. "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade"   9:50


  • Nate Query - double bass
  • Ezra Holbrook - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Chris Funk - guitar, pedal steel, theremin
  • Colin Meloy - guitar, vocals, percussion
  • Jenny Conlee - hammond, rhodes, piano, accordion