As its newly-relaunched website alluded to yesterday and a press release today confirmed, The Postal Service, the duo comprised of Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello, is getting back together this spring. What that might actually entail is still anyone’s guess, though a tour is likely and Billboard is saying an appearance at this year’s Coachella is in the cards.
But we do know that Give Up, the duo's still one-and-only album, will get the deluxe reissue treatment from Sub Pop to celebrate the tenth anniversary. The 2xCD, 3xLP collection, Give Up Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition, will include 15 bonus tracks -- including two brand new songs, "Turn Around" and "A Tattered Line Of String."
The reunion and these two new songs may slightly appease the hopes of fans (like me), who are not-so-secretly hoping for more, like say, I dunno, maybe a new album!?!? Gibbard has been asked about a new record for so long and has frequently denied that it will ever happen, so that may still be unlikely. (Like that elusive new My Bloody Valentine record or the eagerly-anticipated, finally-happening new season of Arrested Development, it’s fair to keep those expectations tempered until the artifact is firmly in hand.)
Still, it's welcome news for fans who have long pined for activity from the long-distance collaborative side-project. And for me, it’s the perfect excuse to revisit this band and those songs again, and maybe, with a little distance from them, hear something new.