By Darren Franich
Updated March 29, 2011 at 10:39 PM EDT
Ryan Russell

Death Cab for Cutie’s first album in three years, Codes and Keys, doesn’t drop until May 31, but you can get a sense for the band’s new direction from the just-released single, “You Are a Tourist.”

In sharp contrast to the 2008’s melancholic Narrow Stairs or their Twilight: New Moon track “Meet Me At the Equinox,” their latest is an uptempo rocker; frontman Ben Gibbard sounds like his voice is echoing through a sun-dappled canyon, and his lyrics are light and romantic: “When there’s a burning in your heart/and you think it’ll burst apart/Oh, there’ s nothing to fear, save the tears, save the tears.”

It’s not quite the Death Cab you remember from that mix CD your freshman-year girlfriend gave you for Valentine’s Day, but it’s an undeniably catchy slice of indie-pop. Listen to the song after the jump, and let us know what you think!


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