It's a miracle we can get hold of DCFC records in this country at all, so far away are they from the fashions and fads of popular music. Indeed, "Something About Airplanes", this Bellingham, WA quartet's debut effort has that timeless quality about it that lifts it from the constraints of style, production values and genre. Singer Ben Gibbard's touching, resigned vocals, and the band's cascading melodies put the song back into songwriting, making for an affecting listen and reawaken the concept of the album as a body of work rather than a collection of songs. The record fits together perfectly from the opening cello chords in "Bend To Squares", right through to the ghostly conclusion to "Line of Best Fit", ethereal female backing vocals drifting out of the feedback to squeeze your heart ever so slowly. Oh sorry, it's a rock album. Of sorts. But with the exception of the bubblegum fix of "Pictures in an Exhibition", this is an album which requires an investiture of time to appreciate it. Hey, if you've heard of them then I'm sure you already own this, but if you've been introduced to them by a friend, then take that friend, hug them, and listen to this together.