“Foraya” takes its time building gradually from a dramatically slowed voice and culminating in another joyous, exuberant symphony of comforting melodies (cut dramatically short, as it were.) “Bike Path” and “Connections” thrive on the nostalgic, sun-faded, and vividly conjured memories that helped The Postal Service smash platinum sales.
Tamborello steps furthest outside of his wheelhouse with the hectic, neck-breaking beatwork of “If I Stay a Minute,” on which a reversed vocal sample takes the track to a dizzying, palpitating climax.
Some rather memorable moments in the catalog of Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel, feature collaborations with neatly paired guest vocalists (Ben Gibbard, Jenny Lewis, Baths, Mia Doi Todd to name a few.) Much attention has been paid to these carefully picked singers, with Tamborello’s backing a perfect complement— the producer is always humbly stepping out of the spotlight, allowing the guest to shine.
Ironically, Human Voice, is atypically bereft of any featured guests.
Music is a language all its own, able to convey emotional complexity with the same deftness as words— and without the immense frustration of language barriers.Jake first noticed Jenny when she was performing with Rilo Kiley and the pair started to date in 2001. Jake is still healing from his recent break-up with Taylor and Jenny is rumored to be dating Jenny and Johnny bandmate Jonathan Rice. While their relationship didn’t last, Jake and Jenny stayed close and the actor even took then-girlfriend Reese Witherspoon to see Jenny perform at Coachella in 2009. Jake probably just felt like taking an old friend with him to the Golden Globes. Tracks are instead festooned with largely computerized and disembodied voices, lost somewhere in an ether of circuitry and possessing that plaintive emotion which sounds unmistakably like Dntel.An interesting thing happens— even without lyrics and the radiant personality of a guest vocalist attached to them, the 8 tracks here still manage to convey the same depths of emotion, despair, longing, hope, and optimism that have touched the lives of so many listeners.According to is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and the original cover of the tune, featured the two openers in attendance that night as well as Ben Gibbard and Conor Oberst.