The relationship between Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Canadian indie poppers Stars is one that has provided this blog with endless audio progeny. One of my first posts for treeswingers detailed the affectionate back-and-forth between Gibbstack and his Toronto-raised pals. Three years later, the latest gift from this trans-border love-in, may be the best yet.
On his Twitter account today, Gibbard released a version of “Set Yourself on Fire” that he says he “never finished” for Stars’ covers album Do You Trust Your Friends? On that LP, Gibbard’s version was replaced by a Montag remix, and the DCFC singer’s work was lost in the annals of unfinished creative collaborations.
Seemingly debuted on a whim, the re-work of Stars’ junior album namesake takes on a Postal Service feel complete with muffled drum machine beats and a slurried opening. Gibbard eventually takes over, parsing over the beautifully written lyrics courtesy of Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan between acoustic strums and pre-programmed pulses. Even for Stars and Death Cab collabs, which pit some of this generation’s best songwriters together, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Ben Gibbard- Set Yourself On Fire (Gibbstack Mix/Stars Cover) (download)