October 3, 2011
Last week we listened to a few tracks off of Death Cab for Cutie's most recent album Codes and Keys. The band dropped their seventh album at the end of this past May. My sophomore year of college I was so obsessed with this band. I listened to them so much. Then when that year ended, that phase did too. But this new album has definitely brought back my love for their music.
Out of their seven albums I've only really listened through the most recent four, Transatlanticism (2003), Plans (2005), Narrow Stairs (2008) and now Codes and Keys (2011). Plans by far was my favorite until this most recent came out, now I'm not sure. The sound is so different I'm not sure where to compare them. Something I love about DCFC is that each album is very cohesive, all the songs on each album go seamlessly perfect together, but with each new album you hear a new side of Death Cab for Cutie.
Here is the title track
Codes & Keys
This new album shows a more positive side of Death Cab. They've had the reputation in the past to produce songs with mainly more depressing themes. In an interview with Under the Radar magazine Ben Gibbard said, "there are... songs that are very celebratory and things that I think people will be surprised to hear coming out of my mouth.”
What are these celebratory things Gibbard is singing about? Well one could definitely be about his recent marriage to actress and singer Zooey Deschanel.
The track Stay Young, Go Dancing definitely does a good job at showing a happier and lighter side of Death Cab for Cutie.
Stay Young, Go Dancing
My current favorite off the album is Monday Morning, Gibbard has specifically said that the first verse of this track is about his wife. Which if you know anything about Zooey Deschanel, it definitely makes sense.
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