New Postal Service Song Sounds Like Old Postal Service Songs

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Feb. 12 2013 1:15 PM

New Postal Service Sounds Like Old Postal Service

When it was announced last month that The Postal Service would be reuniting to tour in support of a 10th-anniversary reissue of their one and only album, Give Up, their fans rejoiced. Others dreaded the return of the band’s particular brand of twee pop.

Turns out the reissue contains two new songs, the first of which, “A Tattered Line of String,” was released online yesterday. Chances are the song won’t be changing the mind of anyone who had already reached a conclusion about this band: Their notorious plinking keyboards make a major appearance, and the lyrics include such lines as “We did some things that we knew not to do/ In the glow of the night’s golden hue.”

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While this may not be the band’s strongest offering, it’s still preferable to the terrible, terrible knock-offs. There’s no word of another album, but, in addition to the other new song (“Turn Around”), the reissue will include five remixes and two covers: The Shins doing “We Will Become Silhouettes” and Iron and Wine’s acoustic take on “Such Great Heights.”

Alex Heimbach is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. You can follow her on Twitter.

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