The Electric Commentary

Friday, January 14, 2005

What 's on the CD player?

Today I'm listening to The Postal Service's, Give Up.

The Postal Service was formed by Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, and the album is excellent. It's synth-pop, but it's atypical in that it's bubbly and happy, whereas most synth-pop (at least in my experience) is discordant and depressing (like Depeche Mode). If you're familiar with the soundtrack to Garden State, Postal Service actually wrote From Such Great Heights (which gets acoustic treatment from Iron and Wine), one of the highlights of the album, and it's a testament to Postal Service that I prefer the synth-pop version of something to the acoustic version of something. They're very unique (although they remind me a little of Liam Lynch and Matt Crocco's Sifl & Olly Show songs) and worth a listen.


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