The eight-time Grammy Award-winning rock band Death Cab for Cutie released their newest track earlier this month, “Foxglove Through The Clearcut.” The latest single falls among two others from Death Cab this year, “Here to Forever” and “Roman Candles.”  2022 also saw the band cover Yoko Ono’s “Waiting for the Sunshine” featured on Ocean Child, a tribute album to the avant-garde musical legend, co-curated by David Byrne and Death Cab’s own Ben Gibbard. Come September 16th, Death Cab will close out a fairly prolific year with their highly anticipated 10th studio album Asphalt Meadows. Pre-order, pre-add, and/or pre-save it here.

Posted against the band’s earlier releases, “Foxglove” comes down on a slightly different, more intimately experimental note. Where “Here to Forever” and “Roman Candles” might offer some upbeat anticipation for Asphalt Meadows––the latter even dips its toe into EDM-style beat building––”Foxglove” is perhaps a kind of calm-before-the-storm moment. The majority of this track hear’s Gibbard speaking melodically, as if reciting a long oral poem for his listeners. Even the accompanying video for “Foxglove” plays into this narrative, giving the lyric configurations a typographical effect that recall the style of the late modern poet E.E. Cummings.

Experience the lyric video for “Foxglove” on YouTube.

“Foxglove Through The Clearcut” is a pleasant, satisfying listen, filled with the perfect balance of meditative instrumentation and moving spoken word elements that crescendo into a sweeping outro. For Ben Gibbard, “Foxglove is by far the most personal song on the record.” While he was writing it he thought, “I was merely the narrator. But the longer I sat with it, I realized I was both the protagonist AND the narrator.” Indeed, “Foxglove” is, in many ways, as much a literary praxis as it is a musical one. 

Asphalt Meadows official album art.

Asphalt Meadows was produced by Grammy Award-winner John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Wallows). Alongside news of the forthcoming album, the band also unveiled plans for their wide-ranging fall US headline tour. The run kicks off September 22 at The Sylvee in Madison, WI and culminates with a two-night hometown finale at Seattle, WA’s Paramount Theatre on October 26 and 27 (full schedule below). The tour will feature support from Low and Yo La Tengo on select dates and includes a much anticipated return to New York’s Forest Hills Stadium on September 30. 

For more Death Cab for Cutie updates, stay connected with the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. As always, happy listening!



4 – All IN Festival – Indianapolis, IN * 

22 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee ^ 

23 – Minneapolis, MN – Surly Brewing Festival Field ^ 

24 – Chicago, IL – The Salt Shed ^ – SOLD OUT 

26 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live! ^ 

27 – Washington, DC – The Anthem ^ 

29 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met ^ 

30 – New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium ^ 

1 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion ^ 

3 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater ^ 

4 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy ^

6 – Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! ^ 

7 – Asheville, NC – Rabbit Rabbit ^ 

8 – Charleston, SC – Firefly Distillery ^ 

10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE ^ 

11 – Detroit, MI – The Masonic ^ 

13 – St. Louis, MO – The Factory ^ 

14 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland ^ 

15 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival * 

17 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren – SOLD OUT 

18 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim # – SOLD OUT 

19 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl # 

21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre # 

22 – San Diego, CA – Epstein Family Amphitheater @ UC San Diego # – SOLD OUT 

23 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater # 

24 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater # 

26 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre † – SOLD OUT 

27 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre † – SOLD OUT  

* Festival Performance ^ w/ Special Guests Low # w/ Special Guests Yo La Tengo † w/ Special Guests Chong the Nomad 

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