The Decemberists are stepping way outside their comfort zone and busting out the synths on a new single called “Severed,” and while the thought of that might put a bad taste in your mouth (it did mine), the new musical direction is a refreshing surprise, and one that could mark the beginning of a whole new electronic era for Portland’s indie-folk icons. The song will be on an upcoming album called I’ll Be Your Girl – produced by John Congleton, known for his studio wizardry and experimental work with St. Vincent, John Grant, Future Islands and many others. Watch the video for “Severed” below.

I’ll Be Your Girl is out March 16th on Capitol.