While the band has been together for nearly two decades, I’ve been a fan of Death Cab For Cutie for a little more than a decade, since their Transatlanticism album. However, “Black Sun” comes off their most recent release: 2015’s Kintsugi.
Like most of Death Cab For Cutie’s music, “Black Sun” is an understated, but well orchestrated song. The verses wander with the music, while the chorus breaks in and demands your attention.
In fact, that’s the basic Death Cab For Cutie model, yet they execute it so well that you may find your self listening along to the verses and then jumping in for the chorus. It’s really the only straight-forward element of the song, where we as listeners finally feel comfortable enough that we can know that part.
For me, that’s part of the draw. The lyrics have enough depth to make me listen, but the chorus lets me along for the ride. And there are few bands who strike that kind of balance better than Death Cab For Cutie.