Announcement of Postal Service reissue creates excitement

Last month, indie band The Postal Service announced that they would be reissuing their only album, “Give Up”, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of its original release, as well as reuniting for a tour which will include an appearance at Coachella.

The album is reported to include two unreleased tracks from the original sessions, one of which, the shimmering “A Tattered Line of String,” was released on Tuesday.

A second disc full of remixes, live recordings, and covers from bands like The Shins and Iron and Wine is also set to be released.

Needless to say, the news has taken the world of indie music by storm, causing diehard fans and casual listeners alike to go nuts.

Composed of vocalist Ben Gibbard, who apparently goes by Benjamin now, of Death Cab for Cutie and electronic producer Jimmy Tamborello, who goes by the moniker Dntel, The Postal Service carved out an eclectic, yet definitively comfortable, niche of indietronica. The band is so infectiously catchy and simultaneously meaningful that the duo’s sole release, “Give Up,” was destined to be a huge hit among fans of all types of music.

Since its release in 2003, “Give Up” has progressively gained momentum, reaching a wider audience and finally going platinum late last year.

The album is, in a word, breathtaking. The soaring, airy synths backed by energetic electronic drum beats provide the perfect borderline-minimalist canvas for Gibbard to paint his majestic, dramatic vocals.

The rerelease is likely to be one of the biggest events in indie music this year, and long-time fans are particularly excited about the second disc with the remixes and covers. Hearing The Shins and Iron and Wine cover The Postal Service is the rough indie equivalent of hearing Debussy cover Mozart; it will most likely be indescribably beautiful.

For a band that has been broken up for over seven years, such a reunion is a big deal. It begs the question: what other “dead” bands could use a good revival?

One band that died way too soon is The Books. Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong made some truly incredible music together. After all, who else comes up with lyrics like, “The street corners are gnashing together like the gears inside the head of some omniscient engineer,” and writes a song based around a sample of an announcer detailing the escape of a flock of pigeons through a hole torn in an artist’s paint-splattered canvas? Truly spaced out stuff.

Another effectively dead band that should still be making great music is Neutral Milk Hotel. They made some of the most raw, emotional, and melancholically beautiful music the world has ever heard. Neutral Milk has been on “hiatus” since 1999, no doubt a hip and angsty decision at the time, but they should either call it quits or start writing music again.

Finally, one artist who is actually dead and who could greatly benefit the music world now is The Notorious B.I.G.. No rapper who came before Biggie and no rapper who has come since has come close to his flow, lyrical wordplay, and raw power. If, as legend goes, he freestyled 1994’s “Juicy,” he is perhaps one of the most talented human beings to ever do anything.

Clearly, The Postal Service’s reunion generated a lot of emotion, mostly because it is so unlikely for a dissolved indie side project to make such a robust comeback. Great bands create for themselves an entirely original and unique sound, and The Postal Service is indeed a great band.