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
(2003)Her Majesty the Decemberists2003

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 lyric of the song "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade".

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (now wife) of frontman Colin Meloy. She has created artwork for each of the band's albums.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 8.1/10[2]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5[3]

Castaways and Cutouts received mostly positive reviews. The album ranked #89 on Under the Radar's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s[4] and #96 on Pitchfork's The 100 Best Albums of 2000–2004.[5] It also ranked #79 on JustPressPlay's Top 100 albums of the 2000s.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Colin Meloy.

No. Title Length
1. "Leslie Anne Levine" 4:13
2. "Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect" 4:29
3. "July, July!" 2:53
4. "A Cautionary Song" 3:09
5. "Odalisque" 5:21
6. "Cocoon" 6:49
7. "Grace Cathedral Hill" 4:29
8. "The Legionnaire's Lament" 4:45
9. "Clementine" 4:07
10. "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade" 9:51
Total length: 49:59


According to the liner notes of Castaways and Cutouts.


  • Produced by The Decemberists
  • Recorded by Simon Widdowson
  • Mastered by Ryan Foster
  • Design by Third Eyebrow (.com)
  • Art direction by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
  • Cover painting and illustrations by Carson Ellis
  • Inner-tray photo by Jonathan Gitelson
  • Sound clip in "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade" from Archangel, directed by Guy Maddin.


  1. ^ Cramer, Stephen. "Castaways and Cutouts – The Decemberists". AllMusic. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ Carr, Eric (March 25, 2003). "The Decemberists: Castaways and Cutouts". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ Wolfman. "The Decemberists – Castaways and Cutouts". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ newmusicexcess (8 January 2010). "Under The Radar: Best Of The Decade – Top 200 Albums of the Decade". New Music Excess. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  5. ^ Ubl, Sam (7 February 2005). "Staff Lists: The Top 100 Albums of 2000–04". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  6. ^ Medlock, Matt (14 January 2010). "Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Albums of the 2000s". JustPressPlay. Retrieved 2013-12-08.