The Postal Service – ‘Give Up’

Posted: 26 Feb 2003, 08:24 PM

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Well, blow me if someone hasn't finally joined my tiny genre of camp electrofolk…

The Postal Service is Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello from Figurine and Dntel plus additional vox from Jen Wood and Jen Lewis from Rilo Kiley (another band I've been going on about for a while).

With that kind of pedigree this is the closest you'll get to emo synthpop this side of… well, most synthpop 😉

It's a good album, lovely melodies. The best track is 'We Will Become Silhouettes' because it's that most difficult songwriting feat: a very happy song that doesn't sound smarmy and smug. Okay… the lyrics are sad but the music is bouncy, bouncy joy. It's got a great opening line:

I've got a cupboard with cans of food,
filtered water and pictures of you,
and I'm not coming out till this is all over

Clark Gable' has a very 70s Kraftwerk start and again, is very strong melodically. The thing that strikes me is that although people call this album electronica, it's not: it's songs. The songs happen to be framed by electronics but you could just as easily play them on an acoustic guitar. Something you couldn't say about DAT Politics or Hrvatski, as much as I love the buggers.

So, if you like sweeping, emotional songs with lovely lyrical imagery, buy this album. If you're after emo-by-numbers, don't buy it,
love and kisses,

Feb 15 London Anti-War Demo


Well, this was the biggest demo I’ve ever been on. And the biggest in British history so far…

I sadly didn’t get to meet any other Derby peeps cos Dave was meant to text my number to Mandy but he probably fell asleep or something.

Me and Ele started walking at 11am and got to Hyde Park at around 3.30pm. We marched just over six miles in that time so that gives you an idea of how slowly the march progresed because of the sheer numbers. Little did we know we’d have to walk halfway back to St. Pancras too… my god, how long is Oxford Street?

We’re both exhaused but very pleased we went. Apart from the historical significance (which no-one could have predicted – who can guess how many will turn up?), we were just glad to be two more people there showing Blair he’s entirely misjudged the mood of the British public.

Going home, St. Pancras was full of demonstrators too and it was a bit strange getting on a normal train and 95% of passengers being demonstrators. It was never that politicised even back in the 80s.

I was pleased to see such diversity on the march: grannies, babies, black, white and brown. Loony lefties next to quakers and muslims. There were aslo plenty of people under the age of 20 which gives me some hope for the future. This is the kind of event which politicises swathes of youth forever. Thank god…

If you want to see some pics click here!

love and kisses,