Published Dec 10, 2010Seattle alt-pop quartet Death Cab for Cutie have been hard at work on their follow-up to 2008's Narrow Stairs for quite some time. In January, they revealed the upcoming seventh album would be "the project this year," citing it as their top priority. In October, they were still working in the studio, but now we're happy to report the album is done and has been given the title Codes and Keys.
Bassist Nick Harmer (the one with the weird hair) spoke with Stereogum to give a progress report on the upcoming album.
He corroborated frontman Ben Gibbard's previous comments that the album would have less guitars, saying, "There are definitely guitars on this record, there are just less of them than before and we're using them in different ways this time. Ben was really inspired by writing on acoustic guitar and on a piano, so often those parts become voices or keyboard lines, rather than guitar parts. We really experimented with piecing the songs together in different ways and using the studio differently, so this a much less guitar-centric album than we've ever made before."
The album will also sound different in that it's being mixed by superproducer Alan Moulder, who has previously worked with everyone from Erasure and the Jesus and Mary Chain to Nine Inch Nails and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. "It's the first time we've ever handed over an entire album to a 'big name' engineer for mixing, but obviously we're very excited," Harmer said. "Alan is responsible for helping create some of my favourite albums of all-time, so it's very cool."
Codes and Keys doesn't have a release date just yet, but it is expected to drop in the spring 2011.