Following a world tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary reissue of their singular seminal album and 21st century electronica tour de force, Give Up, The Postal Service will seemingly hang up their keyboards for good tonight. What initially began as side project accommodating Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello’s (Dntel) more experimental musical leanings, went on to garner instant classic status as tracks such as The District Sleeps Alone Tonight and Such Great Heights propelled Give Up from sleeper hit to 2003’s alternative go-to soundtrack.
Permeating angst-ridden bedrooms around the world and pop-culture at large, Gibbard’s opening croon of “smeared black ink” ushered in ten tracks of methodically crafted widescreen anthems for the digital generation. Tamborello’s processed beats had never sounded as naturalistic as when Gibbard, and Rilo Kiley front-woman, Jenny Lewis’ marriage of harmonies and jangling guitars blew over them with an effortless grace and incomparable distinctiveness.
As one of the many individuals who waited close to a decade to finally get their hands on a Postal Service ticket and can vouch for the fact that Gibbard, Tamborello and Lewis haven’t lost a single carefully crafted beat, it comes with great sadness to see the back of them for good, but fortunately director Justin Mitchell has documented what we now know is their farewell tour in his short documentary, Some Idealistic Future. Capturing not only The Postal Service’s musical brilliance and vibrancy but the emotional outpourings of fans and Gibbard’s unforgettable on-stage ‘moves’, the document reminds you of just how important, one band, with one album were to so many people.