After a 10 year hiatus, Ben and Jimmy are back with their first new song since their Freshman (and only) album, Give Up. “A Tattered Line of String” was released this morning to accompany the 10th anniversary version of their only album, which will be available April 9. While opinions differ on whether this is a new release or a discarded track that didn’t make the cut for Give Up, I’ll take just about any excuse to believe that The Postal Service is making music again.
If you’re not familiar with The Postal Service, their cult like following gained traction mostly due to two factors: 1.) Singer Ben Gibbard was in pre-hipster (we called it being scene back in ’03) alternative elctro pop band Death Cab for Cutie and 2.) they received national press for naming themselves The Postal Service after the fact that they had never met, and instead sent each other tracks through the mail to complete the album from across the country. (a process better known as “emailing” now)
So after years of speculation, the boys are back with 12 tour dates that include festivals such as Coachella and Sasquatch, and with a spanking new song out and some new life in their old tracks, this is the most optimistic I’ve been about them making another album since – well since they announced that they were making a new album in 2007.