Death Cab For Cutie’s ex-lead guitarist of 17 years, Chris Walla has just announced a new solo record called Tape Loops, which will be released on October 16, through his own label, Trans Records. This is Walla’s first solo record since Field Manual, which was released 7 years ago. Tape Loops is an entirely instrumental album with no vocals.
“I can’t change a closed, physical tape loop with a mouse-click or a keystroke, and that’s precisely the point”, Walla said in a press release. “Digital recording and editing often feels like working in a spreadsheet—it’s not always a place for dreams”.
In an interview with Tegan And Sara’s Sara Quin for Interview Magazine, Walla discussed his departure from the band, “On a more existential level, and eventually one of the things that led to me wanting to leave the band, was feeling like Ben [Gibbard]’s stories weren’t coinciding with my own life in a way that I could continue to prioritize my whole living experience for” he said.
On his current relationship with the band, he said: “Those guys, they are my brothers. We haven’t spoken a lot, but it doesn’t change the fact that I love them dearly and I hope it all continues to go well. I hope that those relationships can be new again someday, and strong again, in a way that is probably very different from how they were, but not fraught“.