ben gibbard, leader of death cab for cutie, is a story-teller. he’s the type of songwriter that creates a space for characters to live in and leaves it up to the listener to fill in the blanks. death cab’s new single, “you are a tourist”, from their upcoming record codes and keys is another of gibbard’s songs that allows you to take it wherever you need to go.
reportedly, codes and keys is supposed to be less guitar driven than the bands previous records, focusing instead on the “electronic” sounds of the seventies. thank goodness i don’t get the ELO vibe off of this one. chris walla’s massive production actually leans on the guitars here, which is fine by me.
i like this new single. it’s urgent without being obnoxious. it makes you feel like there’s never a wrong time to shake things up, whether that’s across town or across country. take it for what it’s worth and expect big things from the new record. just remember, “if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born in, then it’s time to go…”. well said mr. gibbard.
click and check out “you are a tourist”. good stuff.