A Remote Challenge: Creating Music From a Distance

You think it’s hard to get the creative juices flowing remotely? Imagine how it was back in the early 2000s, without all the technology we have now.


In 2003, the American indie pop supergroup The Postal Service published Give Up, an album with a bit of an unusual recording process for that time. None of the members of the band —consisting of singer Ben Gibbard, producer Jimmy Tamborello, and Jenny Lewis on background vocals— met to work on the songs.


Because of conflicting schedules, Tamborello wrote and performed instrumental tracks and sent the DATs to Gibbard through the United States Postal Service —they chose the band's name because of this. Gibbard then edited the songs as he saw fit, adding vocals along the way, and sent them back to Tamborello.


Many would have thought it impossible to record and produce an album remotely back in 2003, but these guys proved them wrong. A remote album isn’t unheard-of today, but with quarantine, many other creative endeavors have been undertaken remotely.


Not only did Give Up have a groundbreaking recording process and came to be a masterpiece of indie pop, but it also aged into a cult classic. In the end, it turned out to be Sub Pop's biggest-selling success since Nirvana's debut album, Bleach.


We are going through some tough times, The Postal Service is an example of how one can overcome difficulties and not let distance get in the way of creating great things.


I never get tired of this album: Give Up