Death Cab for Cutie to release ‘The Blue EP’ in the fall

Death Cab for Cutie is returning with a new, albeit short, album late this year.

On Tuesday (July 30), the Washington-founded band announced plans to unleash a five-track album in the fall. Titled The Blue EP, the somewhat follow-up to 2018’s Thank You for Today is due out Sept. 6 through Atlantic Records.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available here.

While the album only features five songs, the tracks were worked on by three different producers.

Peter Katis, whose resume includes The National, Interpol, and Kurt Vile, produced “Kids in ‘99″ and “Blue Bloods.” Rich Costey —who previously worked with Death Cab on Thank You for Today— produced “To the Ground” and “Before the Bombs.” As for the final track on the album, “Man in Blue,” Death Cab for Cutie took over the producing duties.

To coincide with the new release announcement, Death Cab for Cutie has released its first single. Titled “Kids in ’99,” the song was “written as a tribute to three children who lost their lives in the 1999 Bellingham Olympic Pipeline explosion in Seattle.”

“The Olympic Pipeline explosion in 1999 was a tragedy that really affected me while we were living in Bellingham,” frontman Ben Gibbard says in a press statement.

“After all these years, I felt it was worthy of its own folk song.”

Listen to “Kids in ’99” above.

Last week, the group surprised fans when it was confirmed they had worked on a song with Chance the Rapper. Titled “Do You Remember,” the song is featured on the rapper’s new album The Big Day.