We Will Become Silhouettes

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"We Will Become Silhouettes"
Single by The Postal Service
from the album Give Up
B-side "'Be Still My Heart'"
Released February 8, 2005 (2005-02-08)
Format CD
Recorded 2001-2003
Genre Indietronica, Alternative rock
Length 16:30
Label Sub Pop
Songwriter(s) Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello
Producer(s) The Postal Service
The Postal Service singles chronology
"Against All Odds"
"We Will Become Silhouettes"
"A Tattered Line of String"

"We Will Become Silhouettes" is a single by US indie band The Postal Service, released February 8, 2005 under the Sub Pop Records label. The single included a new track "Be Still My Heart" and two remixed tracks by Matthew Dear ("We Will Become Silhouettes") and Styrofoam ("Nothing Better"). The title track has been used in a Honda Civic commercial. Indie band The Shins recorded an acoustic cover of the title track, which was included as a B-side on The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights".

The video for this song, directed by Jared Hess, consists of incongruously lighthearted footage of a family (consisting of band members Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello, frequent collaborator Jenny Lewis, and two young children) playing and singing the song, then riding bicycles into the desert and, at the very end, watching the sun set in the distance. Their odd clothing, the worn down houses they pass by, abandoned streets, and the lyrics may suggest the video takes place far in the future, post-nuclear attack.

This was the fourth single released by The Postal Service. The cover artwork was designed by Kozyndan, who have done the previous singles as well.

The single was the band's most successful, reaching number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and number 92 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The song was used in the trailer for the 2009 film Funny People, and also appeared in the movie Love Happens the same year. Additionally, the song was covered by Jenny and Tyler in 2013 as a part of their "For Freedom" EP.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Postal Service.

We Will Become Silhouettes
1."We Will Become Silhouettes"4:59
2."Be Still My Heart"3:02
3."Nothing Better (Styrofoam remix)"3:31
4."We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear's not scared mix)"5:02


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