Sunday, 17 February 2013

Track Review: The Postal Service - A Tattered Line of String

The Postal Service are a cult band with a dedicated fan base of Ben Gibbard followers who are adamant that Death Cab For Cutie are the greatest thing since Hershey's. Give Up is The Postal Service's debut album, and that was released 10 years ago. Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello and Jenny Lewis often reject the recording of a sophomore album. Fans have been left dry for 10 years, and although Give Up isn't quite the classic album Sub Pop says it is, they're re-releasing it for its anniversary. Fair enough, anniversary re-releases are common, Loveless, Nevermind and Screamadelica have been successfully re-released, but these are top quality albums. Give Up has its place in music history, but it's not that great. Who did they influence other than Owl City? 

"A Tattered Line of String" just happens to sound better than anything on Give Up. That's a pretty bold statement given the cult and critical status of The Postal Service's debut album. Information regarding "A Tattered Line of String" is minimal, so guess work will suffice. All signs and sounds point towards "A Tattered Line of String" being an unreleased track from the Give Up recording sessions. It could very well be one of Tamborello's beats that has been lost in the post for 10 years, discovered by Gibbard who adds his melancholy vocal and melody - who knows? 

The Postal Service have 'reunited' for several festival appearances. I don't think they will be releasing another album any time soon, and I’m kind of glad because I can't be bthered with putting up with needy fans who are constantly shouting hate at Owl City for 'ripping off' a sound that was already well-established by Britain’s Pet Shop Boys. 

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