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August 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Death Cab for Cutie to play ‘Transatlanticism’ in its entirety at Bumbershoot

Ben Gibbard (left) and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie perform at the Key Arena in Seattle on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (Aaron Jaffe/Seattle Times)

Ben Gibbard (left) and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie perform at the Key Arena in Seattle on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (Aaron Jaffe/Seattle Times)

By Hannah Leone

“Transatlanticism” has pretty cool parents, so it’s no surprise candle that its 10th birthday party is a series of concerts during which they play the album in its entirety.

Pacific Northwest indie-rock bigs Death Cab for Cutie, conceived at Bellingham’s Western Washington University in 1997, will play the 11-track record on the Bumbershoot Mainstage Sunday. The band’s fourth album, “Transatlanticism” is perhaps its mellowest and moodiest, revolving around the struggles of a long-distance relationship. With impeccably detailed and situationally-specific lyrics, it’s a true testament to Ben Gibbard’s songwriting prowess.

Each number emanates a relatable nostalgia. The first words on the album are, “So this is the new year. And I don’t feel any different.” The last: “This is fact not fiction. For the first time in years.” “Transatlanticisim” — which deserves to be listened to all at once, in order and experienced live — is sure to take fans on a musical journey through moments and relationships past.

Death Cab for Cutie plays “Transatlanticism” at 9:45 p.m. Sunday at the Bumbershoot Mainstage.

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