The group's seventh album will be released early next year

Death Cab For Cutie have begun work on a new album.

The as-yet untitled album is set to be released early next year. It will be the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Narrow Stairs’,

“We’re going in the studio in June to start working on the record,” frontman Ben Gibbard told MTV. “We’re going to be recording through the summer and into the fall, probably looking for a spring 2011 release.”

He added: “I certainly feel a lot more confident as a songwriter and a musician, and confident in the ability of my bandmates to make things that we’d want to listen to ourselves.”

Despite taking some time off after touring their last LP, Gibbard explained that the time apart has affected the group positively.

“I strangely feel closer to my bandmates than I ever have before,” he admitted. “We’ve all kind of landed in a place in our lives, personally and professionally, where we can all get together and enjoy each other’s company and enjoy making music.”