By Kevin Rutherford

It’s been a long time—try four years—between albums and a lot has happened for Death Cab for Cutie in that time—most notably the departure of guitarist Chris Walla.

Now, interested parties can hear the fruits of that labor—Kintsugi, the band’s new album, is available to stream a week ahead of its official release via NPR.

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Kintsugi is the first Death Cab album not produced by Walla, instead opting for Rich Costey behind the board. Still, Walla contributed his usual parts to the record, though his separation from the group is official now that it’s out.

The release of the album was preceded by a handful of singles, including lead single “Black Sun.”

In an interview with, the band discussed the transition to a Walla-less Death Cab.

“There’s always this moment of what’s going to happen when we step through this door?” bassist Nick Harmer said. “There’s a pensiveness about this transition. We’ve continued to make good decisions, I think, and leaned on each other when we make these decisions while we see what the next phase is and what they next step should be. I’m grateful that we’ve never been the kind of a band who needs some giant manifesto for how we work or has some giant checklist of goals to accomplish.”

Hear the full album via NPR. It’s out in full next week.


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