08
Jul
08

The Postal Service – Give Up

 

I feel a bit biased putting this up. Mostly because I went to college with Jimmy.

Not to say Jimmy and I hung out exclusively or anything, but he was around the radio station group enough that I knew him. (go KXLU!)

Come to think of it, he probably wouldn’t remember me at all…even if you asked him at gunpoint.  And I never even knew he made music until this album came out and Farmer Dave said “That’s Jimmy Tamborello’s band…” in that dry monotone voice of his.

Regardless, The Postal Service “Give Up” definitely deserves a place on this blog no matter what my connection to the members are.  Even if I never knew any of them.

Turns out that while in collage, Jimmy started producing electronic music and soon was releasing stuff under the name Dntl.  In 2001 he was collaborating on a track called ‘(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan’ with Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie.  Since Ben was in Seattle and Jimmy in LA, they would work on the track individually then mail it to the other guy.  The single was so well received that it spawned a remix EP, and Ben and Jimmy decided to do a whole album that way, under the moniker of The Postal Service.

Jimmy wrote and produced the instrumentals in LA, then mailed them to Ben to add his vocals and edit in any way he saw fit. They brought in some nice guests like Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley, Jen Wood, and additional production from Death Cab’s Chris Walla who also added keyboard and piano.

I’m a huge fan of ‘We’ll Become Silhouettes’ and ‘Clark Gable,’ but the group will mostly be recognized for the ubiquitous ‘Such Great Heights’ which many will know from Garden State and the UPS commercials.

If you are familiar with Death Cab for Cutie, then I’ll have to let you know that this is much happier music then Ben usually does for them.  Full of amazing synth pop and great writing all around, the album goes down with a spoonful of sugar, but avoids being to sweet. Now that I think about it…I don’t even think synth pop is a good label. Nor electronic, or indie rock.

In fact,  I don’t think this music needs a label…

Unless that label is “Good Music.”

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