Through Rain, Snow, Sleet, or Heat, The Postal Service Delivers
When Dntelâ€šÃ„Ã´s Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutieâ€šÃ„Ã´s Ben Gibbard teamed up a few years ago to work on the priorâ€šÃ„Ã´s Life Is Full of Possibilities, doubtfully either artist foresaw the brilliant consequence of their collaboration together. The origins of the Postal Service lay in Dntelâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºThis Is the Dream of Evan & Chan,â€šÃ„Ã¹ the song on which Gibbard lends his vocal artillery. It was this partnership that would lead to a budding friendship (in a pen-pal sort-of-way) facilitated by U.S. Postal Service â€šÃ„Ã¬ hence the duoâ€šÃ„Ã´s name.The Postal Serviceâ€šÃ„Ã´s debut album, Give Up, is nothing short of a masterpiece. Sublime in its lyrical content, ethereal in its musical composition, and, for lack of a better word, corny in its synthesizer-drenched poppiness, Give Up is a fine example of indie pop music done right. â€šÃ„ÃºThe District Sleeps Alone Tonightâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºSuch Great Heightsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ demonstrate the twosomeâ€šÃ„Ã´s knack for new-wave peppiness and admiration for synth-pop. Gibbardâ€šÃ„Ã´s boyish, almost innocent, heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics shine bright on â€šÃ„ÃºNothing Better,â€šÃ„Ã¹ a collaboration with fellow indie comrade Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley fame. â€šÃ„ÃºRecycled Airâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºThis Place is a Prisonâ€šÃ„Ã¹ provide for the low-key ambient interludes. In the end, Give Up borders on the â€šÃ„ÃºIs it pop? Or is it indie?â€šÃ„Ã¹ question.
Tamborello and Gibbardâ€šÃ„Ã´s musical palette is both varied and colorful. Doses of new-wave, synth-pop, and electronica make Give Up an enjoyable listen to both pop fans and indie aficionados alike â€šÃ„Ã¬ genres generally considered to be on opposite sides of the spectrum. Give Up shows that pop can be â€šÃ„Ãºcoolâ€šÃ„Ã¹ after all and proves that indie music doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t have to be so avant-garde to keep its credibility.