Listen to a Brand New Track from Death Cab for Cutie’s Dave Depper

“Communication” is the second track from Depper’s debut solo album, Emotional Freedom Technique, due out June 9

Dave Depper, Death Cab for Cutie’s guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, has shared a brand new track from his solo debut album. “Communication” serves as an introduction to Depper’s solo techniques, as well as his debut album Emotional Freedom Technique as a whole, set for release on June 9 via Tender Loving Empire.

The track provides a glimpse at what’s to come from Depper’s latest endeavor, and was born the day after the passing of legendary musician Prince. Welcoming, melodic synths are surrounded by minimal drum rhythms, including the utilization of LinnDrum beats, a drum machine prominent in Prince’s music as well as other 80’s classics (a-Ha’s “Take On Me”, Tears for Fear’s “Shout”, and many, many more).

Initially a “tribute” track, “Communication” took true form when Depper realized that the track was truly about distance, and the affect life as a musician on the road has on relationships. He says about the track:

At the time, I was in a long distance relationship with a woman that had, as those things so often do, devolved into communicating almost exclusively over text messages and social media. Conversations would abruptly end, only to be resurrected hours or even days later. The more we seemed to communicate using only blue bubbles of text, the less real she seemed to me. It dawned on me that this was not communication at all, just a facsimile of real interaction. I poured my frustration into the track I was working on, and the song wrote itself from there.

Dave Depper on “Communication”

The track is a fantastic throwback with its influences affectionately gleaming, borrowing just enough elements and pairing them with intuitive lyrics and minimal vocals to produce a modern love song. If this is an actual representation of what Emotional Freedom Technique will offer upon its release, the album could be truly special.

You can pre-order the album here, and if you’re in the Pacific Northwest come mid-June, you can be a part of Dave Depper‘s album release shows, taking place Wednesday, June 21st at Barboza in Seattle, WA or Thursday, June 22nd at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR.