04 March 2011

Ben Gibbard Premieres New Death Cab and Soundtrack Songs

This past weekend Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard introduced two new songs at San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival: "Codes and Keys," which will appear on the upcoming DCFC album of the same name, and a solo tune from the upcoming Arthur 2.0 soundtrack, "When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street."

Codes and Keys, the band's seventh effort, will be released 31 May on Atlantic. Back in December, bassist Nick Harmer spoke with Stereogum:

Recorded at various studios over the course of several months in 2010, the new Death Cab for Cutie album — Codes And Keys — represents a departure of sorts for the band, but perhaps not one as radical as initial press reports have implied. The band employed a more cut-and-paste style of songwriting — as well as more of guitarist/producer Chris Walla’s compositions — on the record, but it will still sound very much like a Death Cab record. Despite comments from front man Ben Gibbard that likened the new record to Brian Eno’s Another Green World, Harmer is quick to point out that there will still be plenty of guitars as well.

“Oh, there are definitely guitars on this record,” he says, “there are just less of them than before and we’re using them in different ways this time. Ben was really inspired by writing on acoustic guitar and on a piano, so often those parts become voices or keyboard lines, rather than guitar parts. We really experimented with piecing the songs together in different ways and using the studio differently, so this a much less guitar-centric album than we’ve ever made before.”

In other Death Cab news, Consequence of Sound reports this morning that the Washington State group will appear at the Hop Farm 2011 Festival in Kent, England this summer. Other performers include Lou Reed, Morrissey, Iggy & The Stooges and Patti Smith.
You can sample the two new songs below:

Ben Gibbard, "Codes and Keys" (SF Noise Pop Festival, 27 February 2011)

Ben Gibbard, "When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street" (SF Noise Pop Festival, 27 February 2011)

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