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Ben Gibbard Previews Death Cab’s Spring Album

Hear the singer's spare version of the title track from their upcoming album, plus his solo contribution to the Arthur soundtrack.

At the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival, Ben Gibbard delivered one of the most talked-about sets by previewing material from Death Cab for Cutie’s new album, Codes and Keys (out May 31), as well as a solo track that’s set to appear on the soundtrack for Russell Brand’s Arthur movie remake. Crisp bootlegged versions of those songs have now appeared online; stream them below (via TwentyFourBit).

The biggest highlight was Gibbard’s debut of the title track from Death Cab’s album: a spare, mournful ballad featuring nothing more than Gibbard’s earnest croon and piano. Expect that song to sound radically different on record: Gibbard recently told SPIN that the tune is “aching and gorgeous” and features a string section.

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Gibbard also previewed a solo track titled “When the Sun Goes Down on Your Street,” which will appear on the Arthur soundtrack. Like “Codes and Keys,” the song is a delicate, lilting ballad, with finger-picked acoustic guitar that recalls early Bob Dylan.