If there was any doubt that Ben Gibbard can survive without Death Cab For Cutie, that thought can rest. Not that Death Cab should break up or anything, but Gibbard is a strong enough songwriter to move outside the arena-sized indie rock of his dayjob.
His solo debut certainly makes that case. We've already heard a number of tunes from Former Lives, all of which sound incredibly different from one another. If there's one unifying theme, it's that Gibbard likes trying on new hats, and he's got the skills to move from a mariachi-inflected ballad to acapella pop.
Former Lives doesn't hit shelves until Oct. 16 via Barsuk, but you can stream the whole thing courtesy of YouTube below.