Chris Walla: On Death Cab for Cutie : World Cafe On Death Cab for Cutie's sixth album, Narrow Stairs, the band opted for a live sound in the studio. In an interview with host David Dye, guitarist and producer Chris Walla describes the disc as "louder and more dissonant."
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Chris Walla: On Death Cab for Cutie

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Chris Walla: On Death Cab for Cutie

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Song List

  • "I Will Possess Your Heart"
  • "Grapevine Fires"
  • "Talking Bird"

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The guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie, Chris Walla produced the band's new album, Narrow Stairs, and talks about that process in an interview with World Cafe host David Dye.

Somewhat darker than its predecessors, Narrow Stairs infuses the band's punchy, sentimental rock with additional atmosphere and experimentation. The eight-minute single "I Will Possess Your Heart" has quickly become a World Cafe favorite.

Described as "louder and more dissonant" by Walla, Narrow Stairs showcases a new sound for the band. Having recently released his first solo album, Field Manual, Walla was interested in exploring the differences between a solo and group project. Narrow Stairs is the product of this exploration, with all but two of its songs recorded live.

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Album
Narrow Stairs
Artist
Death Cab for Cutie
Label
Atlantic/WEA
Released
2008

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