Former Death Cab for Cutie multi-instrumentalist/producer, Chris Walla announced his departure from the indie band last August. Now, a year after officially leaving the group following a final show at Rifflandia, Walla has returned to the music world. Today, the musician unveiled that he will be releasing his own solo album next month.
The record is titled Tape Loops and slated to be released on Oct. 16 through his own record label, Trans Records. But, if you aren’t a fan of instrumental music, then you might not dig his album since it’s reportedly all instrumental; no vocals. Listen to the first “single” off of the upcoming coming record, a track titled “Kantas Theme,” below.
Back when Walla announced he would be leaving the band he had been a part of for 17 years, the typical rumors of animosity among the members began to surface. Quickly, the rumors were squashed when he wrote a blog post where he admitted that leaving was one of the hardest decisions he ever had to make.
“Deciding to leave the band was not and is not, easy,” he wrote. “It’s really, really sad. I love my bandmates and I’m proud of what we’ve done and mercifully, those things don’t change with my departure. Moving forward, my plans are simply to continue making music, producing records, and erring on the side of benevolence and beauty whenever possible. Darkness may find me, but I shall never choose it.”
In a recent interview with Tegan and Sara’s Sara Quin, Walla’s sentiments for his bandmates are still the same as back in 2014.
“Those guys, they are my brothers. We haven’t spoken a lot, but it doesn’t change the fact that I love them dearly and I hope it all continues to go well. I hope that those relationships can be new again someday, and strong again, in a way that is probably very different from how they were, but not fraught.”