Death Cab for Cutie - Black Sun

Death Cab for Cutie will return with new album Kintsugi on March 31 via Atlantic Records. It’s last recorded recorded with founding member Chris Walla, a major theme of the album’s recording process and final result.

Today Death Cab released the album’s first single, “Black Sun” and it marks both a new direction and familiar territory for the band. While there’s a feeling of sadness and melancholy that calls to mind the band’s earlier days, there’s also some heavy synth-work and some new guitar pedals added to their arsenal. By the time that the big guitar solo that awaits hits, you’ll know where you stand on this new sound, one that Ben Gibbard pleads fans to “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.”

It’s an intersting track that both reminds me of their older days, but also reminds me that this is a band heading into a much different direction. Although Ben hopes that you take it for what it is, I’m betting that you’re opinion on “Black Sun” favors heavily on whether or not you want Death Cab to push the boundaries, or revert to something more familiar.

Me, I’m just going to let it sink in a bit more.

Stream “Black Sun” below and check out the band’s newly released tour dates.

Death Cab For Cutie Tour Dates:

April 10 – Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park
April 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland ^
April 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre ^
April 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium ^
April 30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre ^
May 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium ^
May 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
May 7 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts ^
May 8 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis Theatre ^
May 9 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^
May 12 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater ^
May 13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
June 8 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
June 9 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
June 13 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
June 14 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
June 15 – Stockholm, SE @ Munchenbryggeriet
June 23 – Zagreb, CH @ inMusic Festival
June 27 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Open Source Festival
July 12 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
October 3 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

^ = w/ the Antlers
* = w/ Tune-Yards

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