The latest album released by Death Cab for Cutie, “Kintsugi”, is an album with eleven songs that each tell the journey of a brokenhearted man trying to repair himself over time.
Death Cab for Cutie are known for their emotionally touching messages that are expressed in every album they release, but even their album name holds a hidden meaning. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold. In relation to the songs on the album, like “Black Sun” or “Hold No Guns”, listeners can hear the lead singer, Benjamin “Ben” Gibbard, as shards of dried clay, slowly but surely being put back together.
Towards the beginning of the album is “The Ghost of Beverly Drive”. This fairly quick tempoed song starts with “If only you’d knew me before the accident”, which lays out the entirety of the album. Although the song references the famous Beverly Drive Tour Bus that travels to landmarked deaths on Beverly Drive, Gibbard sings a disturbing light hearted songs about him going back to where his relationship ended. This self inflicted torture carries on to the second song on the album, “Little Wanderer”, where listener learn that his girlfriend was such an avid traveler that to Gibbard, it felt like she wanted to be anywhere but with him. The repetitive guitar riffs and the slowly growing bass within the background keep listeners on the verge of tears.
Towards the middle of the album, there is a shift that can be felt not only in the melody, but also the lyrics. In “Everything’s Ceiling”, the entirety of the song consist of Gibbard gradually coming to the realization that no matter what he does, the love between him and his ex is only one-sided now on his part.
By the eighth song, the lyrics shift towards forgiveness and him overcoming what he was put through in the relationship. With the use of soft guitar riffs and a steady drum, the overwhelming emotions experienced earlier in the album are cleansed and a new hope replaces despair.
Death Cab for Cutie has yet to let down their fans and after experiencing Kintsugi, because one can only experience such beauty, they are not stopping throwing out hit after hit. Sadly, with the indie rock group being on tour, there is a chance the next album will not be released until 2018. They are scheduled to perform May 5 in Birmingham, Alabama.