Heart = Possessed

There is a new Death Cab for Cutie song. It will soon be followed by a new Death Cab for Cutie album. The song takes a little while to get going, but that’s just because Ben really wants to make sure you’re ready for him. It’s the musical equivalent of preheating the oven.

Anyway, someone remind me, has Ben Gibbard sold out yet, or is he still cool? Have we arrived at the backlash to the backlash stage yet? Let’s face it, this piano-heavy, space guitar shtick is pretty slick. The song feels suspiciously like something that could be played in a venue with, like, actual seating. It’s certainly a far cry from We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, or, if you’re really cool, Something About Airplanes. Gibbard probably cut his hair. Or will anyway.

Anyway, someone let me know about the whole sell-out thing, because I kind of like the song, but I need to know whether my indie cred will suffer if I say so.