Ben Gib­bard

Death Cab For Cu­tie

Q (UK) - - Cure -

Pic­tures Of You (from Dis­in­te­gra­tion, 1989)

“I was in ju­nior high in 1990/’91, about 13/14 years old, right be­fore the big al­ter­na­tive-rock boom that hap­pened with Nir­vana, and I found my­self with a copy of Dis­in­te­gra­tion and it ab­so­lutely changed me. I’d never heard any­thing that open-hearted and pas­toral. To this day, I con­sider Dis­in­te­gra­tion to be a mas­ter­class in mu­si­cal ar­range­ment. I’m al­ways check­ing in with it, I’m al­ways hear­ing el­e­ments of the arrangements that I hadn’t picked out be­fore. It’s ob­vi­ously an oft-ref­er­enced favourite song on the record, but Pic­tures Of You is still an un­be­liev­ably pow­er­ful song. I would listen to it on repeat all the time when I was 13 or 14. It spoke to me with an emo­tion you can only harness at that age, where your heart is so on your sleeve. There is mu­sic from that time that I look back on, which had a sim­i­lar re­ac­tion and I’m a lit­tle em­bar­rassed about, but this record is not one of those al­bums. It still res­onates with me now, mu­si­cally. The spirit of Dis­in­te­gra­tion is some­thing I’ve been chas­ing for 20 years.”

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