Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Yeah, I just about peed my pants when Barsuk Records just posted a song from the new Death Cab for Cutie album Transatlanticism It's called "The New Year" and this isn't your older brothers Death Cab anymore. The song starts out with a subdued synth intro then segues into more distortion in a DCFC song even if you combined them all and ran the signal through a tube screamer. From this song, DCFC is clearly trying to reach a braoder audience, with a singalongable anthem. Of course that isn't a rarity, given Gibbard's penchant for great melodies, but compare this song to "Free, MA" and then the differences will jump out at you. Unfortunatly Gibbard keeps the same lyrical simplicity that seemed to haunt him on The Postal Service side project, hopefully the rest of the album is a return to the thinking man's indie rock that was DCFC.

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