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Decemberists Share New "Cavalry Captain" Music Video & Five-Song EP 'Florasongs' [WATCH]

by William Hoffman   Oct 9, 2015 15:50 PM EDT

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With a new EP comes a new music video for an old song. The Decemberists have released the music video for "Cavalry Captain" off the band's 2015 full-length album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World alongside the release of a new five-song EP, Florasongs.

What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World dropped all the way back in January of this year, which is an eternity in our fast paced media cycle and short attention spans, so the band wanted to remind us of one of the album's best tracks.

The "Cavalry Captain" music video is a cheesy '70s sci-fi infomercial for a phony cult religion of sorts called Decemberism, promising to help people find their place in the universe. Decemberist frontman Colin Meloy plays the charismatic cult leader selling his brand of philosophy to a helpless audience.

By following the theme of cheesy infomercials, the video sports some perfectly hideous graphics wildly flashing on the screen with absurd prices for books and video tapes promoting Decemberism in your life. Along with some thinly veiled references to Scientology.  The scratchy static lines of a VHS tape constantly interrupt the video, really throwing you back to that decade.

The Decemberist made fun of '70s talk shows earlier in the year with its music video for "Make You Better," which starred the Parks and Recreation personality Nick Offerman as the host of a low-budget German variety show.

Florasongs is the new EP from the band released alongside the new music video and is a collection of five songs left over from this year's full-length release. Pitchfork claimed in its review of the EP that it's a continuation of the lack of thematic focus found on What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. But, at just 19 minutes long it's certainly an easy listen that even casual fans of the band can't do wrong to give it a try.

Watch the music video for "Cavalry Captain" below.

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