MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:
But this time around, you may notice something different...
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU ARE A TOURIST")
LOUISE KELLY: (Singing) Fire, grows, high, high, high...
LOUISE KELLY: ...a departure from their trademark melancholy sound.
LOUISE KELLY: We're 13 or 14 years into this, and it just sort of seemed like a good time to try to not make a really guitar-focused record.
LOUISE KELLY: That's Chris Walla. He plays guitar and keyboards for Death Cab for Cutie. He also produces the band's records. This song we're hearing now is "You Are a Tourist" from their new album, "Codes and Keys." It takes a turn toward the more upbeat.
LOUISE KELLY: You know, I would be remiss if I had tried to continue writing in a solely melancholic voice, given the fact that now I'm a married man.
LOUISE KELLY: Here's the song "Monday Morning."
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MONDAY MORNING")
LOUISE KELLY: (Singing) She may be young but she only likes old things. And modern music, it ain't to her taste. She loves the natural light...
LOUISE KELLY: The first verse is just a portrait. And I think, obviously, when I speak in first person and I use she or her, people are going to assume that I'm speaking about Zooey. And in this case, I am. But I would hope that as people hear this record, they can put themselves in these songs.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UNDERNEATH THE SYCAMORE")
LOUISE KELLY: (Singing) Lying in a field of glass, underneath the overpass...
LOUISE KELLY: Gibbard says back when Death Cab was getting started, he dreamed small. His heroes were the bands selling just a few thousand records, and making just enough money to get by.
LOUISE KELLY: What we aspired to in 1998, we have wildly surpassed. And I know we all feel incredibly grateful this band is able to have the life that it's had.
LOUISE KELLY: Next week, the Grammy-nominated band will release their seventh studio album, "Codes and Keys," and you can hear it now at NPRMusic.org.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "UNDERNEATH THE SYCAMORE ")
LOUISE KELLY: You're listening to MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
And I'm Renee Montagne.
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