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Death Cab for Cutie announces new album, 'Kintsugi'

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Death Cab for Cutie has gone a full four years without putting out any new material—but the now-trio has just revealed that it’s returning with an album set to drop in March.

Death Cab finished recording the album around the same time it said goodbye to fourth member Chris Walla, who left the band in August with a short statement that included a vague explanation: “I think I long for the unknown,” he wrote. “It might be that simple.”

Along with lead vocalist Ben Gibbard and bassist Nick Harmer, Walla was a founding member of the bandone that started out as an indie favorite before gaining some mainstream popularity in part thanks to its three Grammy nods for Plans, The Open Door, and, most recently, 2011’s Codes and Keys.

The upcoming album is titled Kintsugi, the word for a type of Japanese art that aims to showcase cracks in ceramics rather than hide them. “Considering what we were going through internally, and with what a lot of the lyrics about, it had a great deal of resonance for us,” Harmer said in a statement. “The idea of figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty.”

Kintsugi comes out March 31.