Apparently it’s a year of reminiscing for Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard—not that he hasn’t earned the right to do so. Between his wildly popular one-off album Give Up with side project The Postal Service and the release of Death Cab’s breakthrough album Transatlanticism, 2003 was a particularly productive year for him.
Earlier in the year, Gibbard celebrated the decade with a revival tour of The Postal Service, who reportedly played their final performance ever at Lollapalooza over the summer. Now, Death Cab have announced a special edition re-release of Transatlanticism, which also turns ten this year.
The re-issue will include both a vinyl pressing and a digital release. Both formats will also include access to download an 11-track bonus collection of previously unreleased demos, entitled appropriately, The Transatlanticism Demos. (The demos will reportedly also be available as a separate purchase.)
Although Death Cab had been around since the late 1990s, Transatlanticism, their fifth album, marked the beginning of their commercial success in 2003, breaking into the Top 100 and eventually going gold. All of their albums since have charted in the Top 10.
Seattle fans will get a special treat this weekend, as Death Cab For Cutie are returning to their home stomping grounds to perform Transatlanticism in its entirely during their set at Bumbershoot on Sunday. For the rest of us, take a listen to the demo track of “Lightness” below.
The re-issue of Transatlanticism is scheduled for an October 29 release.
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