What a way to start of 2015! One of my absolute favorite groups Death Cab For Cutie have announced their upcoming album Kintsugi! After learning that founding member Chris Walla had made the decision to leave the band after 17 years, it kind of left all of us fans unsure of the future of DCFC. Luckily Walla decided to hang around for one more album. Today they announced to Rolling Stone the name and tracklist of the album. Bassist Nick Harmer explained the name by saying:
“Kintsugi is 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. In the West, if you break an heirloom, you either throw it away or you make the repair as invisible as possible, but there’s this artistic movement in Japan where the repair of it, the damage of it, is more important as part of the history of something than repairing it to its original state.” (source: RollingStone.com)
Basically saying that instead of making their next album a clean slate after Chris Walla’s departure, they are making that a part of this new musical chapter. After 17 years I imagine it’d be hard to do it any other way. That’s one thing that is really genuine and inspiring about this band in particular. Gibbard went on to say:
“This is an opportunity for the band to become something it could only become by losing a founding member, 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.”
I think I speak for many DCFC fans when I say its nearly impossible to not expect some of the tracks from Kintsugi to be comparable to our favorite Death Cab hits. But I respect the band and trust that wherever they go with this new album, it will be great!
During the interview with Rolling Stone the band also revealed the track list AND the album cover for Kintsugi. You can see both below. The album will be released March 31st of this year. I for one am extremely excited about this news and will be counting down the days until we get to hear Kintsugi for ourselves! Fingers crossed the band drops a few singles in the meantime!