The Postal Service Give Up

As if he doesn’t have enough on his plate, releasing music as All-Time Quarterback, Kind Of Like Spitting and Death Cab For Cutie, Ben Gibbard, the friendliest voice In rock, now has another outlet for his doe-eyed lyrics. Teaming up with Jimmy Tamborello, the man behind Figurine, indie super-project Dntel and the last Beachwood Sparks EP, Gibbard has abandoned guitar-based indie rock for a full-on electronic approach. Conceived after the pair teamed up for the Dntel album, the duo clicked so well, this became the end result. Following in the footsteps of acts like New Order, the Human League and Trembling Blue Stars, the Postal Service is a strong collaboration between two mutual romantic visionaries. Give Up, their debut album, is a tight knit collection of synthetic love songs presenting some of Gibbard’s best lyrics to date. Featuring guest vocals by Jen Wood and Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, Give Up isn’t very relevant to the current wave of electroclash acts cashing in on a trend. Instead, the Postal Service makes glitchful, techno-bliss that is more for an audience interested in hearing love songs. (Sub Pop)