Death Cab for Cutie’s first album in three years, Codes and Keys, doesn’t drop until May 31, but you can get a sense for the band’s new direction from the just-released single, “You Are a Tourist.”
In sharp contrast to the 2008’s melancholic Narrow Stairs or their Twilight: New Moon track “Meet Me At the Equinox,” their latest is an uptempo rocker; frontman Ben Gibbard sounds like his voice is echoing through a sun-dappled canyon, and his lyrics are light and romantic: “When there’s a burning in your heart/and you think it’ll burst apart/Oh, there’ s nothing to fear, save the tears, save the tears.”
It’s not quite the Death Cab you remember from that mix CD your freshman-year girlfriend gave you for Valentine’s Day, but it’s an undeniably catchy slice of indie-pop. Listen to the song after the jump, and let us know what you think!
Read more on EW.com:
Drake-approved R&B upstart The Weeknd: Why all the blog frenzy over an unknown?
Wiz Khalifa wants to rap over Mumford and Sons
The Flaming Lips release a song called ‘Is David Bowie Dying?': Do they know something we don’t?