What kind of accent is Colin Meloy of The Decemberists trying to imitate?
Popular band The Decemberists has a lead singer, Colin Meloy, who affects an extremely strange singing voice. It is like nothing I've heard before. It's sort of like a combination of an English accent with someone's imitation of a New York Jew. Extremely nasal, and puts some really weird ending sounds on certain words, like "familiar" which he pronounces as "familioye". The guy is from Portland, Oregon, so this is clearly not a learned accent. It seems obvious that he is trying to sound like something else - so what is it exactly?