SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 09: Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie performs during the 7th Annual Outside Lands Music & Arts F
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Excitement has been mounting around KintsugiDeath Cab for Cutie's first album in four years. The narrative so far has centered around the departure of Chris Walla, the band's guitarist and producer of 17 years. But as the March 31 release date for album No. 8 draws nearer, we're getting more opportunity to focus on the music.

Today's sample is called "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive," a tune that's more upbeat than the single, "Black Sun," but equally busy and ethereal. There are even a few digital bleeps that would be right at home on a Postal Service record. Check it out, in the form of a colorful, trippy lyric video:

Ben Gibbard is in full poet-mode again here. The track's about a car-crash survivor trying to "work with what is left." On the chorus he wonders: "I don't know why, I don't know why / I return to the scenes of these crimes / Where the hedgerow winds / Through the ghosts of Beverly Drive."

Between this one, "Black Sun" and the soothing "No Room in Frame," it sounds like there'll be a lot for Death Cab fans to look forward to with Kintsugi.