is very much a brother or a sister to Transatlanticism
. Despite the title, we never sat down to plan it, it just came out fully formed from the momentum of our last two years" says Harmer, but its drummer McGerr who perhaps sums it up best: "If Transatlanticism
was an inhale, Plans
is the exhale."
Plans is a shockingly beautiful and mature album from a group that itself is still maturing. Death Cab for Cutie is that rare band that arent afraid to tackle the big thought, to wrestle with the complex, never black and white realities of human interaction. From its soaring beginning to its somber end, Plans is the sound of growing up, of gaining friends and losing them, of realising, perhaps for the first time, the weight and consequences of every decision we make, of every heart we touch. It is an album about growing old that can grow old with us.