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.
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.
"Ben Gibbard's famously bittersweet vocals and sharp, sensitive lyrics imbue Give Up with more emotional heft than you might expect from a synth pop album...The album exploits the contrast between the cool, clean synths and Gibbard's all-too-human voice to poignant and playful effect..." -Heather Phares, allmusic.com
"It's quaint to think of it now: Electronic musician Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard named their project Postal Service because they used to send demos back and forth to each other in the good old-fashioned U.S. Mail. In a way, that suits the glitchy, retro computer pop the duo made on Give Up... Songs like 'Such Great Heights' whose inclusion on the soundtrack to Garden State elevated the album's profile and 'Nothing Better' bubbled with sweet little blips and bloops and bright patches of synth-manipulated strings whose crispness balanced Gibbards delicate warble." -Rolling Stone
Includes Download Coupon
1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
2. Such Great Heights
3. Sleeping In
4. Nothing Better
5. Recycled Air
1. Clark Gable
2. We Will Become Silhouettes
3. This Place Is A Prison
4. Brand New Colony
5. Natural Anthem