In 2002, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello entered into a long-distance musical relationship. The Death Cab For Cutie singer and the electronic music producer collaborated on an album from their respective cities, Seattle and L.A., forming the Postal Service. The electro-pop single "Such Great Heights" may sound like it could be a pensive love song, but for Gibbard, it was a departure from some of the more forlorn tunes he's written. "I think 'Such Great Heights' is the first time I've ever written a positive love song," he said, "where it's a song about being in love and how it's rad, rather than having your heart broken."
Indie-rock trio Menomena use a collaborative approach to song-writing. So when multi-instrumentalist Justin Harris came up with "TAOS," a slacker anthem of faux-confidence and an anacronym for "The Art of Seduction," drummer Danny Seim admitted he was a bit unsure about it. "I'm doing my best to pad the fact that the song was hard for me to listen to at first," Seim said. But the track eventually grew on him. "Suddenly his voice has become this weapon," he said about Harris. "It’s so emotionally supercharged, and almost laughingly over the top."