When Rolling Stone talked to Death Cab for Cutie about their new album Codes and Keys earlier this year, guitarist and producer Chris Walla said the group were aiming for a "Seventies electronic" sound reminiscent of his hero Brian Eno. Though there are definitely traces of that style on Codes and Keys, it is unmistakably a Death Cab album, with frontman Ben Gibbard delivering straightforward melodies over strong guitar and keyboard hooks. The album isn't nearly as bleak as their 2008 record Narrow Stairs – lead single "You Are a Tourist" and the title track display an uncharacteristic optimism – but the band have definitely not abandoned the wistful romanticism that has endeared them to a generation of indie rock fans. Codes and Keys will be in stores on May 31st, but you can stream it in full now.
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