Postal Service Deliver ‘A Tattered Line Of String’: Listen Now!

Song will be one of two unreleased tracks on Give Up reissue, due April 9.

Ten years might have passed since the 2003 release of Give Up, but the Postal Service are still delivering heartbreakingly earnest lyrics over video-game-soundtrack beats like it was the early aughts. Case in point: The just-released “A Tattered Line of String,” one of two new songs that will appear on the April 9 reissue of the electro duo’s one-and-only album.

“String” fits pretty seamlessly in today’s music scene — considering Alex Clare’s rock/EDM mash-up “Too Close” or Owl City’s … well, everything — but Postal Service’s sound was particularly novel back in 2003. The song’s cheery beat belies Ben Gibbard’s hopeless lyrics about desperately trying to hold on to things you have no control over. “I’ve got a tattered line of string/ And I tie it ’ round everything/ That I want to call my own/ But it never seems to hold,” Gibbard, who also fronts Death Cab for Cutie, sings on the chorus.

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