Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Postal Service news.

Jimmy Tamborello discussed the new album with VH1 including maybe having an appearance by Ghostface Killah...come on guys lets don't turn this into a rap thing. I don't know maybe a song could be cool? They are trying to finish it by the summer. Check out the story:

"We're working on Postal Service now, and we're just focused on that, because we're trying to do it a lot quicker. ... We wanted to try and have it finished by the summertime," he said. "It's hard to tell if we're going to make it, because sometimes it'll come real fast on my end and sometimes I'll just have these fits of writer's block, where I don't feel like doing anything. Plus it depends on what I send Ben and what he feels like writing to."

Tamborello said that the duo have roughly six new PS songs completed, and they hope to have a new album out by the end of the year. But he was quick to add that — at the moment — said album "isn't nearly even 50 percent done."

"If we don't make the deadline we set for ourselves, we can extend it. Sub Pop has never given us a deadline, and we're trying our best to make it in the same environment we made the first one: We have to keep reminding ourselves that we're doing it for fun and trying to keep things casual," he said. "And that's pretty difficult to do, to be honest. I have to keep reminding myself that it doesn't have to sound like a giant mainstream pop record just because the last one got to so many people. I have to remember how the last one sounded — lo-fi and in my comfort level of production — and I want to stay that way."

As for clues as to just what the new Postal Service album will sound like, Tamborello advises fans to check out the lengthy list of studio gear he's compiled on Dntel's MySpace page (it's under the blog headline "My Studio"). After all, most of the stuff on there was acquired thanks to the success of Give Up, and he's used the equipment to create everything — Dumb Luck included — he's done since.

"If anything, the new [Postal Service] songs are a little bit harder ... more raw. It's very analog-sounding, because I've bought a lot of equipment since the first [record,]" he said. "A lot of it is coming from the new instruments, and the kind of sounds you can get out of them. The first one was pretty much done on one sampler, and now I have more stuff I like to use. A lot more analog synths — the new Moog Voyager and a bunch of different drum machines."

At the moment, the record only features Tamborello and Gibbard songs. But that doesn't mean that there won't be guests, too. The duo have already sent tracks out to Jenny Lewis — who sang on Give Up — and they've even set their sights on landing another, rather, um, unusual voice for the album.

"A long time ago, I heard that Ghostface Killah liked 'Such Great Heights,' and when we started this one, we were talking about figuring out some way to get a hold of him," Tamborello laughed. "If there were some way to work him into the album, it would be excellent. But we'll see about that."

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