Saturday, August 16, 2014

Video Of The Week: The Postal Service

It's been more than a decade since their debut and lone album came out, and it remains among the top-10 independent releases of the past 30 years, probably in the top-5. Funny how a side project from Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello with help from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis turned into the biggest hype-making machine since Nirvana...

And yet, when I get out of my circle of musician friends and the vinyl buyers, I still encounter people my age, in my city, that have never heard of The Postal Service. And while their electronics-induced soft folk-rock may not be as fresh as when it came out in 2003, songs like Such Great Heights, We Will Become Silhouettes and, of course, The District Sleeps Alone Tonight still pack a hell of a punch.

The video for The District (...), directed by Cobra Kai, was nominated for many awards, including ''Best Video Made For Under $10K''. To me, it's by far the best track on the record; the music is just a notch above the other ones, but the lyrics ring so true, which happens when they are: Gibbons was chronicling his girlfriend leaving him in Seattle and moving to Washington, D.C. (known locally as ''The District'', since it belongs to no state).

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