The Sound of Settling

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"The Sound of Settling"
Single by Death Cab for Cutie
from the album Transatlanticism
Released December 26, 2003
Format CD, 7"
Recorded Spring 2003
Genre Indie rock
Length 2:13
Label Fierce Panda
Producer(s) Chris Walla
Death Cab for Cutie singles chronology
"The New Year"
"The Sound of Settling"
"Title and Registration"

"The Sound of Settling" is Death Cab for Cutie's sixth single release (counting the "Stability" single and EP) and also the second single from Transatlanticism.


Ben Gibbard did not originally like his song "The Sound of Settling" and was reluctant to include it on the album Transatlanticism due to his self-described "phobia" of uptempo songs[citation needed] - the song is notable for its upbeat 'bopba' chorus. However, producer and guitarist Chris Walla insisted that it be included on the album.[1]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single[edit]

  1. "The Sound of Settling"
  2. "Lightness (Live at Studio X)"
  3. "That's Incentive"

Music video[edit]

The video begins with a picture frame containing a picture of green velvet curtains. The camera zooms out, and the picture frame is in a picture in a picture frame; the cycle then repeats itself, adding in the members of the band and others dressed up as elderly people, pastry chefs, gingerbread men, surgeons, themselves, and more. It also includes other people, like breakdancers and gospel singers. The video bears resemblance to music video for The New Pornographers' song "Letter from an Occupant".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
UK Singles Chart -

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song has been featured as a free download in the popular Tap Tap Revenge 2 from the App Store for the iPhone OS.

It was also featured on the soundtracks for two movies, Wedding Crashers [2] and Mean Creek.[3]

In addition, it was source music in Season 2 of The O.C.. The episode was "The O.C. Confidential". [4]


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