Death Cab For Cutie Detail The Recording Of Their New Album 'The Blue EP'

By Katrina Nattress

September 6, 2019

When Death Cab For Cutie released Thank You For Today last year, there were a few songs that just barely didn't make the cut. Now they're seeing the light of day, along with a couple brand new tracks including the previously released "Kids in '99," on The Blue EP. The indie mainstays dropped the five-track album on Friday (September 6), along with a studio video for "Blue Bloods," another brand new song from the album.

The band celebrated the release by sharing a lengthy Instagram post detailing the recording of the album and how each song came to be. Watch the "Blue Bloods" studio video and learn more about The Blue EP below.

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We couldn't be more pleased to share 'The Blue EP' with you today - it's a collection of five new Death Cab tracks. Link in bio.⁣ ⁣ You've already heard “Kids in ‘99” and “To the Ground”. “Kids in ‘99” and “Blue Bloods” are two brand-new recordings that we made with producer Peter Katis this past winter. It was our first time working with him and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. The future feels filled with endless possibilities; these two songs point toward some of them. We are also excited to share a studio video for “Blue Bloods” today, made by our friend Justin Mitchell who spent some time with us while we were recording: found.ee/dcfc-bluebloods-studio⁣ ⁣ “To the Ground” and “Before the Bombs” were both recorded with Rich Costey during the sessions for 'Thank You For Today'. They were both in the final running order for the record until the very last moment, but in the end we felt that they didn’t quite fit the theme that ultimately unified TYFT. We’re so glad they are seeing the light of day on this collection.⁣ ⁣ As for “Man in Blue”, in the months leading up to recording 'Thank You For Today', we convened at Zac’s studio in Burbank to come up with and informally record band arrangements of potential songs for that album. Many of the final tracks, such as “Northern Lights” and “I Dreamt We Spoke Again”, were first arranged during these sessions.⁣ ⁣ “Man in Blue” was one of these songs, but something about our very first run-through of it had such a special quality to it that we decided not to re-record it for the album. What you’re hearing here is our efforts from that day.⁣ ⁣ As this touring cycle begins to wind down, we are once again looking to the future, getting excited to record again, feeling more free and fearless than ever before. 'The Blue EP' feels like a good, big step in the right direction. As always, thanks for following along.⁣ ⁣ xo,⁣ DCfC⁣

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We couldn't be more pleased to share 'The Blue EP' with you today - it's a collection of five new Death Cab tracks. Link in bio.⁣
You've already heard “Kids in ‘99” and “To the Ground”. “Kids in ‘99” and “Blue Bloods” are two brand-new recordings that we made with producer Peter Katis this past winter. It was our first time working with him and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. The future feels filled with endless possibilities; these two songs point toward some of them. We are also excited to share a studio video for “Blue Bloods” today, made by our friend Justin Mitchell who spent some time with us while we were recording: found.ee/dcfc-bluebloods-studio⁣
“To the Ground” and “Before the Bombs” were both recorded with Rich Costey during the sessions for 'Thank You For Today'. They were both in the final running order for the record until the very last moment, but in the end we felt that they didn’t quite fit the theme that ultimately unified TYFT. We’re so glad they are seeing the light of day on this collection.⁣
As for “Man in Blue”, in the months leading up to recording 'Thank You For Today', we convened at Zac’s studio in Burbank to come up with and informally record band arrangements of potential songs for that album. Many of the final tracks, such as “Northern Lights” and “I Dreamt We Spoke Again”, were first arranged during these sessions.⁣
“Man in Blue” was one of these songs, but something about our very first run-through of it had such a special quality to it that we decided not to re-record it for the album. What you’re hearing here is our efforts from that day.⁣
As this touring cycle begins to wind down, we are once again looking to the future, getting excited to record again, feeling more free and fearless than ever before. 'The Blue EP' feels like a good, big step in the right direction. As always, thanks for following along.⁣
xo,⁣
DCfC⁣

Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

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