How's Death Cab for Cutie addressing the departure of 17-year guitarist Chris Walla? Head-on, with "Black Sun," the first song from their forthcoming Kintsugi, being a distinctly axe-heavy jam. The single—which debuted Monday through the lyric video up above—opens with a spacey lick and eventually gives way to a grimy solo. "How could something so fair be so cruel? / When this black sun revolved around you?" sings frontman Ben Gibbard, his poet's soul intact.
Kintsugi is Death Cab for Cutie's eighth album, and their first since 2011's Codes and Keys. It seems the expansive, experimental style that's been prevalent since 2008's Narrow Stairs ("I Will Possess Your Heart," anyone?) will continue through the new record. While Chris Walla did contribute to Kintsugi, he didn't fill his usual role as producer, and he'll no longer write, record, or perform with the band going forward.
Death Cab also announced a bunch of tour dates on Monday, starting April 10 in Mesa, Arizona and stretching through July 12 at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. (There's also a Seattle homecoming gig on October 3.) Kintsugi will be released on March 31.