Codes And Keys is the seventh studio album by Death Cab for Cutie, originally released in 2011. A much less guitar-centric album than the band ever made before, the band surprised the world with their compelling venture to new horizons.
As lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Gibbard stated: "It's not a guitar-based record. We've been into vintage keyboards and playing with that palette." Guitarist and producer Chris Walla stated: "Guitar is great; it's a really immediate, impulsive sort of instrument. But I think if we had strapped on guitars and gone into the studio with the intent of making a sort of live-ish sounding record, we definitely would've retreaded some of the territory that we were in for Narrow Stairs."
In 2011, the album received a Nomination in the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album.