Today The Postal Service released their first song in over ten years as a bonus track for a re-release of their only full-length Give Up. The new track, “A Tattered Line of String,” is so much more than just new material from the collaboration between Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tramborello. It is a legitimately awesome pop tune that is thoroughly enjoyable throughout.
Everything kicks off with a bouncy beat and Gibbard’s silky smooth vocals. Very quickly, more and more subtle details are added to the composition through warm synths, twinkling keys, syncopated guitars and various other electronic sound effects. It all blends together very well to give the fairly simple melody and song structure some more substance.
That’s not to say the meat of the song is lacking – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The chorus is extremely catchy and fun to listen to, but it also isn’t too saccharine or over-the-top. Eventually, this makes way for a breathtaking bridge that is somehow simultaneously haunting, fun, and danceable. The airy female vocals that are present there remain for the final chorus and this creates a wonderful finale.
Ultimately, “A Tattered Line of String” feels like a very natural progression for the band by containing elements of the original record as well as the members’ later projects, especially Death Cab for Cutie’s Codes and Keys. Of course, that wouldn’t be much consolation if the track wasn’t actually good, but it is. So good, in fact, that it begs the question: if this is just a bonus track for a reissue, than what do The Postal Service have in store for us with a full length they can be expected to finally deliver?