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Dntel is the solo project of Jimmy Tamborello. Dntel is known for mixing glitch and cut-up electronic techniques with instruments like acoustic guitars, accordions, and symphonic instruments. Dntel is also the project that spawned The Postal Service.

He started working as Dntel, pronounced Din-tell, in 1994. A collection of tracks created between 1995-1997 (Early Works For Me If It Works For You) was released on the Phthalo label in 1999, followed by the release of an EP recorded in 1994 (Something Always Goes Wrong) in 2000. After contributing a song to Plug Research’s Voices In My Lunchbox compilation he was invited to do a full length for the label, preceded by a 12” EP (Anywhere Anyone).

Dntel released his full-length album Life Is Full Of Possibilities in 2001. The LP featured vocal contributions by many artists, including Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard on the breakout track (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan, which led to a single in 2002 and later, the formation of the band The Postal Service with Gibbard. With vocals buried in static, cut-up acoustic guitars and sampled symphonies struggling to find somewhere to settle, Life Is Full Of Possibilities reserved Dntel’s spot as a pioneer of contemporary , , and .

Tamborello is currently working with The Postal Service and continuing his solo work, including remixes for various artists.


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  • sonofawidow

    human voice=most overlooked album 2k14

    8 Mar 6:02am Reply
  • jarincole

    Foraya. Love you Jimmy

    22 Feb 3:22pm Reply
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  • skeletocat

    aimlessness was great man

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    nobody's reacted to If I Stay a Minute? it's bloody fantastic. making me wonder if i should revisit Dumb Luck (which tbh I didn't much care for back in the day) or check out Aimlessness.

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • NVNice

    How come "After Parties" isn't higher in the charts?

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BoyTuneWonder

    I've been really enjoying Aimlessness. I'm gonna try to find it on vinyl!

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • mushroomsseason

    why I'm so unhappy?

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • NeonMight

    Cool stuff.

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • clearskies

    New Postal Service = No new Dntel. :\

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • countersweet

    discovered him via this creative-commons futuristic drawing+music competition

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • LiL_Moky

    like baths? :O

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Mitchincredible

    I'm yet to hear the new album, but I bet it's going to be awesome, all the fake hipster reviewers are using the best of their vocabulary to deride it. Must be awesome!

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • anticlimactica

    Yeah, Aimlessness is really sexy.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Rulparapel

    Loving the new album!

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ketchuplvr

    Love this!

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • countinfive

    new album is really good, jitters is awesome.

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Suyomizzle

    @theboredone both people he is referring are Jimmy, he just is making a distinction between the quality of his work in The Postal Service vs. Life is Full of Possibilities.

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • theboredone

    I didn't like Dumb Luck very much, it played it very safe and monotonous... glad to see the experimental side of DNTEL break out a bit more. Still not his best but I think it's a lot better then anything else he's put out in the last 5 or 6 years

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
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