Album: Narrow Stairs, 2008
Justification: I hated Narrow Stairs. It was the moment when DCFC went from wistful , articulate indie rockers playing the songs written by Ben Gibbard (in a garret, presumably) to a robust, well-toured live act that were jammin’ out songs in the rehearsal space, man. Narrow Stairs just seemed really weirdly like any other band, especially coming off the back of the gorgeous Transatlanticism, yet this – their first single, which stretches for eight minutes when you’re not listening to this radio edit – is easily my favourite Death Cab song.
I think it’s partially because of its hypnotic bassline (especially in the ful length version where it’s absolutely relentless – see also Shout Out Louds’ ‘Hard Rain’ and Yo La Tengo‘s ‘Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind’ for other Long Songs What Andrew Dug In 2008) and partially because hearing Gibbard play the part of the obsessively arrogant would-be Lothario is just so weirdly out of character. Also, it’s just a great song.
Still hate the rest of the album with a passion, though.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: Dinosaur Jr’s mighty ‘Freak Scene’.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…