I had no expectations when I woke up the other morning to find out that Death Cab for Cutie had released the lead single, “Black Sun”, from their forthcoming eighth release, Kintsugi. It has been just under four years since Codes & Keys and with the departure of mainstay, producer, and founding member Chris Walla last year, would their upcoming album take on a classic Death Cab feel or be a total flop?
I gotta tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by the first taste of Death Cab minus Walla. “Black Sun” recognizes the blow to the group and that wounds may still be fresh but does not dwell on it so much as recognize the loss and try to find positivity in it. Ben Gibbard tells of “hope within despair” over the psychedelic downtempo of gloomy-like synths. Trust me it is stunning even with a broken heart and lets the listener in on the struggles the band is going through both personally and professionally. A hopeful Gibbard told Rolling Stone “This is an opportunity for the band to become something it could only become by losing a founding member. It’s our goal to make records that rank amongst the best work we’ve ever done”. I’m looking forward to this one for sure!
Listen for yourself with the “Black Sun” lyric video below. Kintsugi drops on March 31. The indie outfit goes on a North American tour April through October with supporting acts, The Antlers and Tune-Yards.
Review by Sean Carlin | @seancarlin89