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Chris Walla solo album finally done and ready for release

This one’s been long-gestating. We initially told you about the in-the-works solo album from Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla way back in January of this year, when it was going under the working title It’s Unsustainable and was projected for a Fall ‘07 release. Now entitled Field Manual, the record is slated to see the light of day via Barsuk on January 29. It’s not like Walla has simply been sitting around doing nothing instead of finishing his solo debut up; also an in-demand producer, Walla has recently lent a hand to albums by Tegan and Sara and Mates of State. (Part of the delay can also be explained by the confiscation of a hard drive containing integral pieces of the album by U.S. Customs officers at the Canadian border.) For production help on Field Manual, Walla turned to Warne Livesey, who has also worked with The The and Midnight Oil.