February 11, 2015


Death Cab for Cutie's "Black Sun" Video: Ben Gibbard Directs a Movie

Death Cab for Cutie have a truckload of treats for us soon, packaged in a little item called Kintsugi, the eighth album from the indie gurus. "Black Sun," the debut single, arrived late in January and hasn't left our heavy rotation since.

In the new video—which premiered at Noisey—the introspective, poetic lyrics are offset by a scene on an action movie film set, with frontman Ben Gibbard calling the shots. Gibbard the director doesn't wear any funny hats or have any tantrums—in fact, he seems incredibly similar to the mellow, sweatered artist we've known since 1998's Something About Airplanes.

The Hollywood scene is familiar to Gibbard, who was married to singer/New Girl star Zooey Deschanel from 2009 to 2011. Gibbard also acted in the 2009 David Foster Wallace adaptation Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, directed by The Office star John Krasinski.

Death Cab for Cutie will embark on a tour this spring, with Kintsugi due March 31. It's the first album without DCFC guitarist/producer Chris Walla. By the shining sound of "Black Sun," things worked out just fine.