It’s been a rough four years for Death Cab For Cutie. Since 2011’s uncharacteristically joyous and positive Codes and Keys was received with mixed reviews, Ben Gibbard has been divorced, pursued a meandering solo career and longtime guitarist/producer Chris Walla left the band after 17 years.
Understandably, a lot of fans are very apprehensive about the upcoming Kintsugi, due out in March. ‘Black Sun’ though, is a beautiful reminder of just how wonderful and life affirming Death Cab can be when they’re at their best. The song starts off in classic Death Cab mode – delicate guitar lines and airy, apprehensive vocals from Gibbard before taking a left turn into an electronic, keyboard backed chorus.
As odd as it seems at first, it makes perfect sense on repeat listens, and sets up the lurch into the frenzied guitar solo, made even more passionate in its contrast with the wistful nature of the song. An instant classic.