Thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen series, Death Cab For Cutie’s ninth album, Thank You For Today, is available to stream before the full release this Friday, August 17th.
Third track and lead single “Gold Rush” has been a favorite around the station leading up to the album’s release. The track touches on the gentrification of a hometown, seemingly changing overnight or without any notice. Themes of change are riddled throughout the album, from the location-slanted “Gold Rush” to physically leaving a space, like on “You Moved Away.” While vocalist Ben Gibbard’s lyrics are at the forefront of each track, the backing instrumentals are not to go unnoticed. Swirling synths accompanied by drums, bass, guitar, and piano, perfectly paired with Gibbard’s register, weave a sense of nostalgia and hope throughout the album.
“When We Drive” is a mid-album standout, guided by a steady bass line, shrouded in atmospheric synth chords and phase-shifted background noise. Gibbard’s vocals sit atop the airy instrumental, touching on relationships either real or ideal. Gibbard sings, “I can’t expect you to be honest / Or to be faithful every day ’til the end / I just need you to be always a friend.”
The band announced a fall tour behind Thank You For Today with two dates at the Tower Theater. Night 1, October 9th, has long sold out, but tickets are available for the band’s second show on October 10th at XPN’s Concert Calendar. Stream the album via NPR First Listen, pre-order physical copies of the album via the band’s webstore, and check out the music video to “Gold Rush” below.
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