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!
It’s here it’s here! Check it out below. Also click HERE to see Death Cab’s tour dates (they added to their list).
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: Continue reading
I kinda sorta skipped October..whoopsy! Sorry guys! I did that mainly because I have been listening more to mix cds and playlists on 8tracks. But I am back with some high rotation albums I am currently listening to!
Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives
Reptar – Body Faucet
Boy & Bear – Moonfire
I Blame Coco – The Constant
Well people, it looks like Christmas has come a couple of months early. Sir Benjamin Gibbard, my favorite songwriter (ever) recently released his first solo album, eight years in the making which included “three relationships, living in two different places, drinking, then not drinking …,”! Gibbs (I like to pretend if he was my bud I would call him this. lol) explained that the songs on this album (Former Lives) are all songs that he wrote for his band Death Cab for Cutie that didn’t quite fit into the context of any of their albums “I’d say the songs on this record are sort of like ‘deleted scenes’ from all the other albums we [Death Cab for Cutie] have done. These are orphan songs”. Ummm how lucky for us that we get both DCFC albums AND Benjamin Gibbard albums!
click here to listen to the album, and buy it (duh) because it’s awesome!