Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard (now going by Benjamin Gibbard) has unveiled a new track titled ‘Teardrop Windows’ – scroll down to hear it.
The track, which the singer has said he penned as a tribute to Seattle’s iconic Smith Tower which was formerly one of the city skyline’s major attractions but has since been eclipsed by newer, bigger buildings, is taken from his forthcoming debut solo LP, ‘Former Lives’, which will be released on November 12.
Speaking about the song, Gibbard – who said his original intention was to “write a Big Star-inspired song” – said: “To me, it represents the things we take for granted when something newer, bigger and flashier comes into our lives.”
Gibbard, who previously unveiled another solo track titled ‘Ichiro’s Theme’, also revealed the tracklisting for his first solo LP and spoke about the record’s themes. “These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking,” he said. “They’re a side story, not a new chapter.”
“Every song I’ve ever written, my relationship to it has changed over the years,” he added. “That’s not meant to be cagey, it’s the absolute truth. With these songs, there’s going to be a lot of time between when they were written and when people are finally going to hear them.”
He also reassured fans that he wasn’t planning on abandoning his work with Death Cab For Cutie to concentrate on a solo career. “Creatively, I’m really cleaning a slate,” he said. “I’m doubtful I’ll have another solo album for another 10 years because the health of Death Cab for Cutie has never been better. It’s exciting because for the first time in a long while, I’m starting from scratch as a songwriter – there’s no backlog of material to pilfer ideas from. It’s freeing and terrifying. But mostly freeing!”
The tracklisting for ‘Former Lives’ is as follows:
‘Shepherd’s Bush Lullaby’
‘Bigger Than Love’
‘Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)’
‘Duncan, Where Have You Gone?’
‘A Hard One To Know’
‘Broken Yolk In Western Sky’
‘I’m Building A Fire’
Death Cab For Cutie released their seventh album ‘Codes & Keys’ in 2011, following it up with UK shows. The band formed in Washington in 1997 and went on to release their debut album, ‘Something About Airplanes’, the following year. It was preceded by the demo ‘You Can Play These Songs with Chords’, which was written and performed entirely by Gibbard under the Death Cab For Cutie name.