Anyone who has talked to me in the past year knows that I have been more than mildly fascinated by Death Cab for Cutie. For those of you who dont know, this is an indie rock band from Seattle and they are kind of the darlings of the scene. Soon enough, I am sure it will not be cool to be one of their fans because that is how the whole system works. But I love this band. I think the music is great, it has dynamic and the lyrics by Ben Gibbard are some of the best. He is an amazing lyricist because he almost always writes in complete sentences, and somehow still manages to leave a lot to the imagination.
Death Cab for Cutie does not have a new album out right now, but the bands front man Ben Gibbard has been working on an album with an electronic musician. The band is called The Postal Service because they wrote their EP and full length CDs by trading tapes and recording back and forth through the mail. This is so cool.
(Now with ProTools (recording software for computers) and things like that, I should be able to collaborate with any number of musicians on the internet. So, I am looking for someone to do this with. If anyone out there has ProTools and wants to play with this I am all for it) But back to The Postal Service.
I have never been a fan of electronic music of any kind, and I certainly hated synthesizers of the mid to late 80s. Used in this setting with an honest, clean voice and typical Gibbard lyrics, I am viewing electronic music in a whole new way. The songs are beautiful intricate and very melodic. Check it out. Download some tracks, buy the EP, but make sure you get to hear this music.