You can spend all the time and money in the world trying to craft the perfect pop-music scenario, but sometimes the stars have to align all by themselves. Even though early on the members of The Postal Service jokingly referred to Such Great Heights as the hit on their debut album, Give Up, theres no way anyone could have predicted the eventual impact made by a mail-order album designed in a pair of West Coast bedrooms.
Its been 10 years since the little project that could from Seattelite Ben Gibbard (aka Death Cab For Cuties frontman) and Angeleno Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel,
Figurine) emerged from seemingly nowhere and began to burrow into the ears of anyone who came into contact with the bands infectious electro-pop. To celebrate, Sub Pop is reissuing The Postal Services sole album, and including in the multidisc set 15 bonus tracks, including two brand new songs, A Tattered Line of String and Turn Around. On top of that, the band is back together: The Postal Service will hit the road for a long-overdue victory lap, giving most fans their first (and lastseriously, dont ask) chance to see the group in person.
Of course, the bands music was more than just electro-pop, and the force with which Jimmy and Ben captured the indie-rock zeitgeist of the early aughts made them more of a phenomenon than just a regular old band. That such artists as Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Streetlight Manifesto, and Confide have covered Such Great Heights is a testament to both the songs magical spark and its melodic inclusivity. The bands sound is such a touchstone that Postal Service-esque has become a generally accepted musical adjective. And it goes way beyond Owl City.
While it was impossible to anticipate how massive Give Up would become, it was obvious in 2003 that these guys had made something special. Ten years on its amazing to know that so many people have come to agree.
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