Owl City can retire now — the real thing is back.
Synth-pop duo the Postal Service, whose one and only album, “Give Up,” influenced a generation of bedroom producers with its catchy but complicated songs, on Monday morning released its first new music in 10 years. Randall Roberts from latimes.com called “A Tattered Line of String,” the song features singer Ben Gibbard‘s typically infectious vocal melodies and programmer Jimmy Tamborello‘s dance-along rhythms. It arrives via the forthcoming 10th anniversary reissue of “Give Up,” and is one of two new tracks to be featured on the collection.
But last month, the group unveiled a new website, and soon thereafter they announced a reunion gig at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in April. That news was followed by more festival dates.
And now comes “A Tattered Line of String,” and it’s as though they never left. As catchy as anything from their 2003 debut, the song suggests a lost Pet Shop Boys or New Order track, all plasticine joy and compactly organized synth rhythms. Lyrically, it traces a rendezvous in New York, and a seemingly futile attempt to keep the tryst in check while Tamborello weaves in typically catchy counter-melodies and arrangements.
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