10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If there’s one constant woven throughout Death Cab’s ninth LP, it’s change. Thank You for Today is the Seattle outfit’s first without influential co-founder Chris Walla, and their first to feature longtime touring members Zac Rae and Dave Depper. “What was really important to us was making an album as a band,” bassist Nick Harmer tells Apple Music. “We embraced having the process evolve.” That injection of fresh perspective can be felt not just in its often-intrepid arrangements, but in frontman Ben Gibbard’s lyrics as well: On “Gold Rush”—which features a sample from Yoko Ono’s avant-garde 1971 song “Mind Train”—Gibbard looks around his gentrifying neighborhood and pleads amid cascading guitars, “Please don’t change/Stay the same.” On the piano-driven closer “60 & Punk,” he addresses a struggling personal hero with questions that sound increasingly introspective: “When you're looking in the mirror, do you see/The kid that you used to be?” Taken together, it’s an album that imbues their pensive, time-worn indie-rock with a sense of new possibilities. “I think we struck a really good balance between where we’ve been and what we’re good at and where we want to go,” Harmer says. “I hope people can hear that.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

If there’s one constant woven throughout Death Cab’s ninth LP, it’s change. Thank You for Today is the Seattle outfit’s first without influential co-founder Chris Walla, and their first to feature longtime touring members Zac Rae and Dave Depper. “What was really important to us was making an album as a band,” bassist Nick Harmer tells Apple Music. “We embraced having the process evolve.” That injection of fresh perspective can be felt not just in its often-intrepid arrangements, but in frontman Ben Gibbard’s lyrics as well: On “Gold Rush”—which features a sample from Yoko Ono’s avant-garde 1971 song “Mind Train”—Gibbard looks around his gentrifying neighborhood and pleads amid cascading guitars, “Please don’t change/Stay the same.” On the piano-driven closer “60 & Punk,” he addresses a struggling personal hero with questions that sound increasingly introspective: “When you're looking in the mirror, do you see/The kid that you used to be?” Taken together, it’s an album that imbues their pensive, time-worn indie-rock with a sense of new possibilities. “I think we struck a really good balance between where we’ve been and what we’re good at and where we want to go,” Harmer says. “I hope people can hear that.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

iceeeee ,

Layers and textures

I was worried what i would here after Chris Walla Left the band.. and at least with this song I’m Verry pleased to say it’s a breath of fresh air !!! Every new DCFC album release is like a holiday in my household !!

Az87 ,

I had high hopes

I used to love this band but I didn’t like more than 1 song on this album. Maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s the band. One of us is changing and we’re not on the same page anymore.

BernardMickeyWrangle ,

Groovy song, great lyrics

Another winner from DCfC. Sounds like a Death Cab song without sounding like any Death Cab song that’s come before. Catchy rhythm, groovy bass, phenomenal vocals and lyrical imagery (as always), and wonderful atmospheric work really make this song easy to listen to over and over. I am very eager for the full album.

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