New Death Cab For Cutie – “Talking Bird (Demo)” (Stereogum Premiere)

All week we’ve been parsing Death Cab’s new EP The Open Door, a companion set of five songs to the Narrow Stairs LP. The first four tracks were new. This one is not. Except for the ukulele part. Long time fans of Just Jazzin’ know Ben’s multi-instrumental abilities, so hearing him voice “Talking Bird” for Zach Condon’s instrument of choice isn’t so much a surprise as a delicate way to send off a set of quality, definitely-not-castoff tracks. Replace the washy Walla guitar scenery and chugging Harmer bass for mai-tai strums and a typically tender Gibbard vocal and you have a sense of The Open Door’s final close. It’s a pretty one.

The Open Door EP is available digitally on 3/31, physical release to follow, via Atlantic. You’ll be able to buy it on deathcabforcutie.com or pre-order now at iTunes.

This has been fun, thanks Death Cab.

The songs:
01 “Little Bribes
02 “A Diamond And A Tether
03 “My Mirror Speaks
04 “I Was Once a Loyal Lover
05 “Talking Bird” (demo)

The tour dates:
04/05 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Sound Academy
04/07 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre *#
04/08 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall *#
04/09 – Davidson, NC @ John Belk Arena/Davidson College *#
04/10 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace *#
04/11 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre *#
04/12 – Tulsa, OK @ The Brady Theater *#
04/13 – Omaha, NE @ Holland Theatre *
04/15 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkings Auditorium *#
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *#
04/18 – East Lansing, MI @ Breslin Events Center/Michigan State University *#
04/19 – Waukesha, WI @ Van Male Fieldhouse/Carroll College *#
04/22 – Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre #
04/24 – Spokane, WA @ McCarthey Athletic Center/Gonzaga University *#
04/25 – Boise, ID @ The Morrison Center *#
04/27 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium *#
04/29 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena/UC San Diego *
05/01 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall #!
05/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Contemporary Arts Center !
05/04 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #!
05/05 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall #!
05/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre #!
05/07 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
07/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^%
07/11 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre @#
07/14 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre @#
07/16 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pacific Coliseum %#
07/17 – Troutdale, Oregon @ Edgefield Amphitheatre %#
07/18 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park %#

* with Cold War Kids
# with Ra Ra Riot
! with Matt Costa
^ with Tegan and Sara
% with New Pornographers
@ with Andrew Bird