mandag 2. september 2013

The Postal Service - Such Great Heights

Some records and some bands just drift by you however good they may be. There are so many acts, so much available music in this world at this particular time, that it's impossible to hear even the smallest fraction of what's there. That means, quite predictably, that there are some really good records and bands that drift by too, and my latest "too-late discovery" is that of American indie supergroup The Postal Service. Even though they came together for a new single and shows earlier this year, now it's apparently over for good. Anyway, thanks to a friend who saw me at a record store some days ago and pointed out the 10 year anniversary edition of the band's sole LP Give Up, at least I can now say that "Hey, The Postal Service was one hell of a good band".

The Postal Service was the core duo of Ben Gibbard (singer with Death Cab For Cutie) and producer Jimmy Tamborello (of Dntel and Headset "fame"), with a few friends like Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) and Jen Wood (Tattle Tale) along for the ride. They released their only album in 2003, and Give Up is an amazing record, I can safely say as much. The triple LP that is the anniversary edition features the album on one disc, whereas the other two cover singles, remixes and a few of their songs done by other acts, including Iron & Wine's take on "Such Great Heights" which is The Postal Service's first single and most famous song. It has been used in several TV commercials, in the popular TV series Grey's Anatomy, and the Iron & Wine version featured in the hit indie movie Garden State. A fantastic song that perfectly captures The Postal Service's hypnotic blend of super catchy pop tunes and strange electronic sounds. Just wonderful!

Watch and listen


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