DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE The Stability EP (Barsuk) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Bellingham, Washington, slowcore quartet Death Cab for Cutie wring the most out of a simple formula on The Stability EP. Stretched out over an entire album, the gripping loud/soft dynamic that powers the songs here could turn into a gimmick. On these three songs, the tension and sense of mayhem lurking beneath the restrained surface work delightfully well. The two originals, 20th Century Tower and the 13-minute monster Stability are fine, but The Stability EP is worth a listen if only for the group's version of Björk's All Is Full Of Love, on which the Cutie-pies pick up the pace and discover a pulse. Death Cab for Cutie play the Reverb Tuesday (March 19).