When Ben Gibbard debuted “When the Sun Goes Down” and “Codes and Keys” at February’s Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, the songs sounded stripped down as one would expect. But now Gibbard has put up a studio version of the former tune, and the instrumentation is refreshingly simple.
It’s kind of sad this is a Gibbard solo track and not on the new Death Cab album Codes and Keys, because it’s a winner all around. Gibbard strums lightly over an optimistic drum pattern, and implores the listener to “arise, arise and step into the night.” Gibbard is adept at writing songs that soundtrack the setting sun, and apparently he knows it. Check it out below, via Some Kind of Awesome.
Also be sure to watch out for it if you happen to catch that Russell Brand remake of Arthur, which comes out this week.