It’s been nearly three years since we’ve heard anything new from Death Cab for Cutie, a rare Northwest-bred band that has successfully bridged the gap between indie and mainstream rock. The group’s last studio album, 2008’s Narrow Stairs, reached #1 on the Billboard charts and was nominated for several Grammy Awards, including “Best Alternative Music Album.”
Coming off such a huge record, it’s easy to expect a lot from Death Cab’s upcoming album. Titled Codes and Keys, it’s slated for a May 31 release on Atlantic Records (just a few days after their headlining gig at the sold-out Sasquatch Music Festival) and has been proclaimed to be a musical evolution from the band’s previous guitar-heavy sound. In an interview with SPIN Magazine about the new album, frontman Ben Gibbard said to expect more keyboards and orchestral strings on Codes and Keys. The new record also features a couple songs written exclusively by guitarist and producer Chris Walla.
Bootlegged versions of two new Death Cab songs performed by Gibbard at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival have shown up on various blogs. The first is the title track off the upcoming album and the second is called “When the Sun Goes Down On Your Street.” Listen below and enjoy (via TwentyFourBit.com)!