Now Playing – every week, a roundtable of our writers will give their views on one of the recently-released new tracks. It’s as simple as that! If you want to tell us what you think of the song, feel free to leave a comment below.
Track: ‘Teardrop Windows’ by Ben Gibbard
Average grade: 5.7
Rosie: I’m slightly biased this week because I’m a huge fan of Death Cab and Postal Service. Ben’s lyrics are always rather poetic and he doesn’t disappoint here – although this isn’t quite on the scale of some of his previous stuff, it’s still a lovely narrative. The music rolls on in a fairly simple way, and if I had one criticism it’s that this is a bit middle of the road. Still, it’s a fairly gentle and inoffensive track – I think fans of Death Cab will enjoy it but others may find it a bit dull. That said, I’m going to give it an objective score of 5/10.
Richard: It’s a nice song, but nice doesn’t really cut it anymore. It’s the kind of a song that an awkward young man with a swishy fringe will play on a battered acoustic guitar to a girl he wants to boink as they sit around a campfire. It’s Radio 2 playing as you drive along a deserted country road on a pleasant Summer afternoon. It’s nice, and that’s all it has going for it. 5/10
Tom: ‘Teardrop Windows’, from Ben Gibbard of both Death Cab For Cutie and the Postal Service, is summery, jangly indie pop of a slightly old-fashioned nature. It nestles happily into a Teenage Fanclub-shaped hollow c.1994. Uncomplicated. 7/10
Kenny: The verses have me thinking of some other better known tune for much of the time. Can’t though get past that tip of the tongue feeling. Good stuff though in a Tom Petty/Stephen Malkmus vein so 8/10
Linda: Death Cab for Cutie never did it for me, and neither does Ben Gibbard solo. The song’s nice enough, but after hearing it once, I’ve heard enough. 4/10
Stef: It has a nice, easy going sound to it, and I like the delivery as well as some of the lines he puts in. With that said, it doesn’t really evoke that much imagery or emotions to/with me, and the song itself isn’t that special in terms of sound. 5/10