The Postal Service ‎– We Will Become Silhouettes

Sub Pop ‎– SPCD 656
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1 We Will Become Silhouettes
Backing Vocals – Jenny LewisProgrammed By – Jimmy TamborelloVocals, Keyboards [Additional] – Benjamin Gibbard*Written-By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Benjamin Gibbard*, Jimmy Tamborello
2 Be Still My Heart
Backing Vocals – Jenny LewisGuitar, Vocals – Benjamin Gibbard*Programmed By – Jimmy TamborelloWritten-By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Benjamin Gibbard*, Jimmy Tamborello
3 Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)
Remix – StyrofoamRemix [Credited To, Remixed & Rebuilt] – Arne Van Petegem
4 We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear's Not Scared Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Matthew Dear

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Sticker on Shrink Wrap: "Third single from The Postal Service's Give Up, features a BRAND NEW song and remixes by Styrofoam and Matthew Dear"

Tracks 1 & 2 written, recorded, and mixed at Dying Songs (LA) and Computerworld (Seattle).
Track 4 recorded in Corktown, Detroit.
Mastered at Hit Factory, NYC.

© ℗ 2005 Sub Pop Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 98787-0656-2 6
  • Barcode (String): 098787065626
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): Z32395 IR SP 656 2-01 M1S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Z32395 IR SP 656-2 01 MOS1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1,2): ifpi L909
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U7G
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U6G


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January 17, 2008

The Postal Service always teeters on the edge of being too twee... and _We Will Become Silhouettes_ showcases this fine line. The light glitchiness help leaven Gibbard's lyric, which themselves walk the line of precious and meaningful. "Be Still My Heart" grounds itself with a deeper bassline to counterbalance the sweet, if silly, romantic tendencies. Styrofoam, in his own work, has leaned increasingly on vocalists, and on his mix of "Nothing Better," adds an appealing crunciness to the track. Matthew Dear takes on "We Will Be Become Silhouettes" by stripping out the rhythm except for a click track and filling the background with broken, disembodied voices -- a surprise, considering how much rhythm plays into his own work -- but here, it supplies a nice contrast to the original.


February 14, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

For me, this is the least impressive of the three singles from "Give Up." I'll start and say that Silhouettes wasn't my favorite track from the album, but it is by no means bad.

From here, Be Still My Heart is a happy little "I just fell in love" ditty in Postal Service style, with enough electronic pops to fit well with Styrofoam's following remix. I really like this track, and it is tied as my favorite track on this single. Next, Stryrofoam's remix of Nothing Better is really grand, given that you love the glitch/IDM style of Styrofoam as much as I do. The last track is nothing special. I've found Mattthew Dear's work to be a mixed bag, and this is pretty mixed. Somehow, it lacks life. Perhaps the overly-flat tempo, or the guitar doesn't work for me - I can't quite put solid words on why.