Now here is a moment I can say I have been waiting for since the very day I heard word that one of my favorite bands, Death Cab For Cutie, would be working on their next studio album which would be the last with founding member Christopher Walla who parted ways with the band following the completion of the album. Frontman Benjamin Gibbard said that because of Walla’s departure as a band member AND producer, the making of the album, titled Kintsugi, was a new but exciting experience. The band ultimately decided to hire Rich Costey to produce the Kintsugi. Costey has worked with bands such as Muse, Foster the People, Phantogram, and many more.
Death Cab started working on the record back in the summer of 2013 with Chris Walla originally producing it until he made the decision that he wasn’t the right guy for the job. Chris did end up playing on the record and the band are all in agreeance that his decision to leave was the right thing to do. Gibbard has said in many interviews that he and the band knew for some time that Walla was planning to leave and that even though it was sad to say goodbye to Chris they were all excited for this new chapter.
Bass player Nick Harmer chose the name for their latest album. Kintsugi (the albums’ title) is a japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics using gold in the resin that reforms the object. The idea being that with the gold, you highlight the breakages in it , and make something new and beautiful out of something that’s broken. It’s the perfect name for this album that celebrates the end of the bands’ chapter with Walla and the piecing together of the other three members and the new music they will create together.
In the past couple of days I have read some reviews but multiple music websites I follow and it seems like no one is really that impressed with this album. This is just crazy to me. Death Cab is Death Cab and if they put out any new music I am going to love it! You can stream the Kintsugi on Spotify now. I’ll be streaming and dancing and singing and waiting for my Vinyl copy to come in the mail (buy your copy here)! Enjoy you guys, I know I am!