Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard returns today with a full album stream of his debut solo record, Former Lives. The 12 songs are polished, melancholy-lined mid-tempo rock that according to Gibbard, are a “side story” to his life. “These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking,” he said in a press release. Earlier this year, Gibbard split from his wife, actress/singer Zooey Deschanel. It’s safe to guess that no Former Lives songs will be on the new season of New Girl, even though each track is perfect for a romantic montage.
Former Lives is out October 16 on Barsuk.