On Kintsugi, Death Cab For Cutie regains intimacy and embraces synth flourishes

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The first words on Death Cab For Cutie’s new album Kintsugi are “I don’t know where to begin.” Despite ever-expanding production budgets, additional instrumentation, and the sonic explorations that come with a maturing band, the voice and lyrics of singer Ben Gibbard have always kept a personal, grounded intimacy to…

NPR is streaming the new Death Cab and Sufjan Stevens albums

It’s a good day to be someone who feels ways about stuff, as NPR is streaming new albums from Death Cab For Cutie and Sufjan Stevens, and—as is to be expected—they both lean pretty hard on emotions. According to the NPR-riffic write-ups that accompany the streams, Death Cab’s album, Kintsugi, is named for “the…

Death Cab For Cutie’s new single is moody, slightly electro

Death Cab For Cutie has released the second single from its upcoming Kintsugi record. “No Room In Frame” definitely draws from elements of the band’s older material, including Transatlanticism, but also includes some light electronic elements. It’s a step forward for the group, and a move that could prove interesting…