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Death Cab for Cutie, "Codes and Keys" (Spring 2011)
The follow-up to 2008's "Narrow Stairs" will arrive sometime this spring, with fewer guitars than fans have come to expect from the foursome. bassist Nick Harmer told Stereogum: "Ben was really inspired by writing on acoustic guitar and on a piano, so often those parts become voices or keyboard lines, rather than guitar parts. We really experimented with piecing the songs together in different ways and using the studio differently, so this is a much less guitar-centric album than we’ve ever made before... We also have string sections on this record, which is very exciting for all of us. We’ve always wanted to hear that texture in our music, but it never really worked out before."