On March 31, Death Cab for Cutie will release Kintsugi, their eighth studio album and the first since 2011’s Codes and Keys.
You may recall that last year, guitarist/producer Chris Walla left the band…but he’s still involved on this record, as Rolling Stone details.
However, Walla has still technically left the group, leaving the remaining members – Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr – left to reconcile the differences between the band as they’ve always known it and the band it is now.
Said Harmer of the album title’s inspiration:
It’s a Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold. It’s making the repair of an object a visual part of its history. That resonated with us as a philosophy, and it connected to a lot of what we were going through, both professionally and personally.
Gibbard went on, giving some insight into how DCFC sees itself now that Walla has indeed left (despite being part of the recording process for this record):
This is an opportunity for the band to become something it could only become by losing a founding member,” Gibbard says. “It’s our goal to make records that rank amongst the best work we’ve ever done. I completely respect and understand why people love Transatlanticism or We Have the Facts… or Narrow Stairs. And I would hope that as we move forward, people listen with as little prejudice as they can and try to hear the music for what it is and not what they want it to be.
Here’s the track listing for Kintsugi:
- No Room in Frame
- Black Sun
- The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
- Little Wanderer
- You’ve Haunted Me All My Life
- Hold No Guns
- Everything’s a Ceiling
- Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)
- El Dorado
- Binary Sea
Stay tuned for more about the record, including any new music that may materialize online!