Death Cab For Cutie will head into the studio in September to begin work on new material, and have said that an EP may well be released before the year is through.
Speaking to Rock Sound, bassist Nick Harmer said:
"There were four songs that we recorded during the Narrow Stairs sessions that didn’t quite fit into the final running order. We were really happy with them though so we decided to go back into the studio, in some time off between our Australian tour and before our Fall starts up, to add a few finishing touches and do a mix.
"I don’t think we’ll decide for sure how they’re going to live in the world until after we’ve got the finished results, but I do think an EP is a cool idea; it’s something we’ve done in the past so why not? I think it would be a really cool supplemental piece to Narrow Stairs and a snapshot of the musical headspace we were in during that period in the band.
"The songs will definitely see the light of day ahead of a new album though and, hopefully, before the end of the year."
Should an EP collecting up these stray efforts be released sooner rather than later, expect song titles to include 'Casino Blues' and 'Diamond In The Tether'.