Just when you thought Benjamin Gibbard would be filling his forthcoming first solo album with typical Death Cab For Cutie-esque music, he goes and releases a track like this. Previously dropped single “Teardrop Windows” — which we featured here not too long ago — could have fit nicely on DCFC’s Plans or Transatlanticism, but “Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke)” has an entirely different vibe. Think melancholy pop backed by wistful strings and mariachi-inspired horns à la bands like Beirut or Devotchka. It’s a nice little tune and one that shows off Gibbard’s versatility and range.
Former Lives comes out October 16th via Barsuk.