The Postal Service

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Decades: 2000s
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The Postal Service is a long-distance collaboration between Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard (Seattle, Washington, USA) and Strictly Ballroom, Figurine and Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello (b. Silverlake, California, USA). As the duo’s moniker suggests, they work via mail, sending discs of semi-completed recordings via the US postal service between Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. The project was initiated after Tamborello invited Gibbard to record the vocal for ‘The Dream Of Evan And Chan’ on Dntel’s album, Life Is Full Of Possibilities.

The duo initially planned only an EP’s worth of recordings but this soon mutated into an album, Give Up. Tamborello began mailing his collaborator CD-Rs of electronic music, which Gibbard would manipulate via his computer and add guitar, drums, keyboards, and vocals before returning the track to Tamborello for approval and/or further tinkering. Inspired by 80s...

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