By Caitlin Clarkson in New Art on Thursday 6 October 2011

To finish off my four years of art school, I decided to base my thesis on something near and dear to me: indie folk band The Decemberists. Their music is some of the most inspiring I have come across; each song tells a rich, nuanced story with a whole cast of compelling characters. The lyrics can be vague enough to be open to interpretation, but contain enough specificity to make a detail freak like me joyfully hunt down reference images of columbine flowers and mistlethrushes.

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