Deathcab for Cutie: Narrow Stairs (2008)

“Bought some wine and some paper cups…”

I’m a new Deathcab fan. I know they’ve been around since 1998, but I’ve only recently discovered them via Spotify radio. I’m also not very familiar with Postal Service, which I’ve been told to check out. So this is my very enjoyable penance: 2008’s Narrow Stairs is the AOTD for 12/1/15.
A lot has happened in the past 7 years, but this album doesn’t sound old. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like albums from 1997 sound way different than albums from 1990. Have things changed? Maybe I’m not aware. I’m not trying to be a music critic here, I’m just a guy who listens.
One thing I can tell you: Ben Gibbard can tell a fucking story. And the sort of melodic melancholy that Deathcab creates really sets the tone. Most of these songs make me want to stare out a rainy train window on my way to a fateful meeting, or watch city lights bend and blur before my eyes in a whirlwind.

I picked this album because I love Grapevine Fires. It’s everything I want a song to be. I feel like I’m watching the field burn every time I listen.

This album feels like a soundtrack for life, if you lived in a romantic, effervescent indie rock paradise, where all the hot chicks where glasses and listen to NPR. I think that’s a good thing.

Suited for: Traveling

Appropriate Playback device: Headphones on a train

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