The Tain (Decemberists album)

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The Tain
EP by The Decemberists
ReleasedMarch 4, 2004
RecordedHall of Justice,
Seattle, Washington,
August 2003
GenreProgressive rock, indie rock, folk rock, baroque pop
LabelKill Rock Stars
ProducerThe Decemberists,
Christopher Walla
The Decemberists EP chronology
5 Songs
The Tain
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Kludge6/10 link
Pitchfork Media7.7/10 link

The Tain is an EP by The Decemberists released in 2004 by Acuarela Discos and in 2005 by Kill Rock Stars. The single 18-plus minute track, in five parts, is named after the Irish mythological epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, often simply called The Táin. With production help from Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, the Decemberists recorded the EP over the course of four days in Walla's studio in Seattle, Washington. The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, who is Colin Meloy's wife and has created artwork for each of the group's albums.

The accompanying video by Andy Smetanka does tell the traditional Tain story with silhouettes interspersed by minimal captions, in the manner of a silent movie, but the action in the video proceeds completely independent of the music.[1] As well, a music video for the track was made entirely from silhouette crepe paper stop motion animation, and is available on The Decemberists: A Practical Handbook DVD and the Pitchfork Media music website.


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