I had another song for this week planned for a while, but during the last few days I found myself consistently coming back to the new tune by Death Cab for Cutie. It’s the bands first single after almost four years, fans alike (including me) were eagerly anticipating the release. “Black Sun” is everything you’d expect from the band.
“Black Sun” is from the upcoming album Kintsugi (due out March 31st) – it’s the last studio recording with founding guitarist Christopher Walla as a member of the band. Kintsugi is an interesting concept that mirrors the band’s current regrouping. Described as, “a style of Japanese art where fractured ceramic pieces are put back together by interwoven gold.” Neat right?
It was a smart choice for the lead single. “Black Sun” proved that the remaining members have the stability to continue on with the same soothing indie sound, but leave the door open for growth on this solid foundation. At the core, “Black Sun” is a ballad. The sweeping melodic guitars and a synth-like triangle create the backing of the mid-tempo beat. The perfect tone for a song about disillusionment with a heavy sort of peace.
That desolate but hopeful sound Death Cab for Cutie has crafted best since Transatlanticism debuted is apparent from the first note. They’re back baby. The thing I enjoyed most was the gritty like echo at the end of “Black Sun” – I don’t know whether it’s me being glad to have new Death Cab for Cutie material or if this single feels oddly fitting to my life currently.
The big questions for Death Cab for Cutie will come when they attempt their next album. For now, I can’t wait for the full release of Kintsugi.
What song have you been playing repeatedly this week?
P.S. – If you’re into the moody indie rock check out The Tune Up on Heavenly Father by Bon Iver.
Until next time,