Death Cab For Cutie

22 11 2006

Death Cab for Cutie have been around for a while, yet somehow I’ve only just managed to discover them.

The first time I heard them on the radio I thought, “Oh my God, they are good”. Their style so distinct, it was hard not to sit up and take notice.

I was smitten the minute I heard the overwhelmingly nostalgic We Looked like Giants. The song goes from talking about things discovered as teenagers (When every Thursday/ I’d break those mountain passes/ you’d skip your early classes and we’d learn how our bodies worked) and works it way to describing the tumultuous events, which when thrown together become life  (God damn that black night/ with its foul temptation/I’d become what I always hated).

Culminating in a piano solo, it provides the perfect background score to my space trips, which are quite often.  All that coupled with grey guitar notes makes for an excellent listen. I wish DCFC did more songs in the style of Giants.

Crooked Teeth: It’s the absolute and utter unprosification of totally random and inane things as Death Cab beautifully incorporate something as ugly as orthodontic failures in a song (coz that night the sun and the tree/made the skyline look like the crooked teeth/in the mouth of the man who was devouring us both)?

Soul Meets Body from 2005’s Plan is a slight detour from their signature style. The tune is okay at its very best. Lyrics – mediocre affair indeed. I reckon it’s a great example of music videos greatly benefiting a song I like the song anyway. I do have this tendency to go substandard sometimes.

Another song worthy of a mention is The New Year from Transatlanticism. I find it’s somehow very evocative of We Looked like Giants though their themes couldn’t be further apart.

I am now eagerly awaiting more stuff like Transatlanticism.

Meanwhile the discography:

1997 You Can Play These Songs with Chords

1. President of What?
2. Champagne From A Paper Cup
3. Pictures in an Exhibition
4. Hindsight
5. That’s Incentive
6. Amputations
7. Two Cars
8. Line of Best Fit

1998 Something about Airplanes

1. Bend to Squares
2. President of What?
3. Champagne From a Paper Cup
4. Your Bruise
5. Pictures in an Exhibition
6. Sleep Spent
7. Face that Launched 1000 Shits
8. Amputations
9. Fake Frowns
10. Line of Best Fit

2000 We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes

1. Title Track
2. The Employment Pages
3. For What Reason
4. Lowell, MA
5. 405
6. Little Fury Bugs
7. Company Calls
8. Company Calls Epilogue
9. No Joy in Mudville
10. Scientist Studies

2001 The Photo Album

1. Steadier Footing
2. A Movie Script Ending
3. We Laugh Indoors
4. Information Travels Faster
5. Why You’d Want To Live Here
6. Blacking Out The Friction
7. I Was A Kaleidoscope
8. Styrofoam Plates
9. Coney Island
10. Debate Exposes Doubt

Limited Edition Bonus Disc

1. 20th Century Towers
2. All Is Full Of Love [Bjork]
3. Stability

2002 You Can Play These Songs With Chords Re-Release

1. President of What?
2. Champagne From A Paper Cup
3. Pictures in an Exhibition
4. Hindsight
5. That’s Incentive
6. Amputations
7. Two Cars
8. Line Of Best Fit
9. This Charming Man [The Smiths]
10. TV Trays
11. New Candles
12. Tomorrow
13. Flustered / Hey Tomcat
14. State Street Residential
15. Wait [Secret Stars]
16. Prove My Hypotheses
17. Song For Kelly Huckaby (facts version)
18. Army Corps Of Architects

2003 Transatlanticism

1. The New Year
2. Lightness
3. Title and Registration
4. Expo ’86
5. The Sound Of Settling
6. Tiny Vessels
7. Transatlanticism
8. Passenger Seat
9. The Death Of An Interior Decorator
10. We Looked Like Giants
11. A Lack Of Color

2005 Plans

1. Marching Bands of Manhattan
2. Soul Meets Body
3. Summer Skin
4. Different Names For The Same Thing
5. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
6. Your Heart Is An Empty Room
7. Someday You Will Be Loved

8. Crooked Teeth
9. What Sarah Said

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