February 14, 2005

The Postal Service "We Will Become Silhouettes"

On a very superficial level, this little single seems quite gratuitous. It's been two years almost since Give Up, The Postal Service's debut record, appeared in stores, on the top of the world, The OC and in the Ipods of the so-called indie-rock disposable incomed elite. Why a new single from that old record? Doesn't it seem like Sub Pop's merely milking the cash-cow?

Yeah, it does.

But hey, when the milk's really good, why notgo back for seconds...or, in this case, thirds? It's certainly true with this cheap little record, designed to highlight another one of Give Up's little gems. And "We Will Become Silhouettes" is about the most perfectly perfect little gems of a song you could possibly want. It's loveable, it's mix-tapeable and it should be a single no matter what year it may be. The next song, "Be Still My Heart," is a NEW SONG from this band that's not a band and though it's a new song it's merely a pretty good song. The next two numbers are remixes, one of "Silhouettes" and one of the album track "Nothing Better." They're also pretty good, too, but remixes sometimes leave me cold. Not these songs, though; they're also pretty good, too. This is a great single from the hardest working fictional band ever!

--Joseph Kyle

Label Website: http://www.subpop.com

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