Indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie have given fans a first look at their upcoming album, KINTSUGI, which is now available for streaming exclusively through NPR First Listen. The album, whose name comes from, “the Japanese art of fixing fragmented ceramics with precious metals, giving broken art more value than it had when it was whole,” hits stores March 31st, though it is available for iTunes preorder now. This record will be the band’s eight studio album and the first album without former guitarist Chris Walla‘s production.
In a recent interview, frontman Ben Gibbard revealed that the songs created for the album were written over a period of two years, between 2012-2014, and that “friends who have heard the record have been like, ‘Oh my God, that sounds like an old Death Cab song.’ I’m like, ‘That’s a good thing, right?’” Gibbard also discussed the struggle that musicians go through when trying to find the proper ratio of staying true to who they are and pushing the boundaries to do something new, adding “I’d like to think that we’ve been fairly successful with that, and with this record in particular.”
In an effort to promote the album, which NPR says is heavily influenced by Gibbard’s divorce from actress and singer Zooey Deschanel, the band have several upcoming televised performances and will even be doing their first in-store performance in over ten years at Los Angeles’ Amoeba Records. Aside from next week’s television appearances, the band will also be embarking on a North American tour, starting Friday April 10th and ending in Seattle on September 5th.
Death Cab for Cutie have been nominated for several Grammys and have had their music featured on both film and television including: Easy A, Scrubs, Wedding Crashers, Six Feet Under, CSI:Miami, The O.C, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Though quite a few of their songs have reached gold and platinum status, “You Are A Tourist” being their first number one single to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart; the Adult Alternative Songs chart; and Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, the band’s most successful song to date is “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.”
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