These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking. They’re a side story, not a new chapter. Every song I’ve ever written, my relationship to it has changed over the years. 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.
There’s surely a lot of buzz amongst the alternative community for this project, Gibbard’s first solo venture away from Death Cab for Cutie. Many will be reassured by this being called a ‘side story’, though there’s definitely a very personal vibe coming from the above quote too, something which translates well to the few tracks I’ve heard thus far from the LP. Stream it here and look out for the release next Tuesday (16th).