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.