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Tycho, Death Cab for Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard collaborate on new track ‘Only Love’

Tycho has collaborated with Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard for a new single called “Only Love.”

The lush, synth-driven single revolves around Gibbard’s distinctive vocals. Throughout the track, Gibbard sings of how love is what we need amidst climate change, delivering lines like, “Only love will save this place.” Tycho designed the colourful, animated visualizer himself.

“In 2014 while reading This Changes Everything: Capitalism and The Climate by Naomi Klein, I came across a quote from Montanan goat rancher and environmentalist Alexis Bonogofsky that moved me immensely,” Gibbard explains. “Speaking about the fight to protect public lands in southeastern Montana from the mining company Arch Coal, she said: ‘(The) connection to this place and the love people have for it, that’s what Arch Coal doesn’t get. They underestimate that. They don’t understand it so they disregard it. And that’s what in the end will save that place. It’s not the hatred for the coal companies, or anger, but love will save that place.”

Listen to “Only Love” below.

The creation of “Only Love”

According to a press release, the duo created the track after Gibbard invited Tycho to remix Death Cab’s “The Ghosts of Beverly Hills.”

“I had been a fan of Ben’s work for a long time when, in 2016, I had the chance to do a remix for Death Cab for Cutie’s track ‘The Ghosts of Beverly Drive,'” Tycho explains. “Ben’s voice was a very inspiring element to work with from a production standpoint, I felt it really meshed well with the kinds of sounds and instrumentation I gravitate towards.”

Gibbard is no stranger to electronic music. This new tune sees him making his return to electronica for the first time since the Postal Service.

“‘Only Love’ started life as an instrumental, but something was missing,” Tycho continues. “I sent a rough demo to Ben and he recorded some vocals over it. The first time I heart the rough vocals the whole song suddenly made sense and the arrangement flowed out of that. After my early experimentations with vocals on Weather this felt like a great opportunity to put everything I had learned during that process into practice. It was certainly an honour to be able to work with such an iconic voice.”

Lead photo courtesy of Andrew Paynter.

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