Benjamin Gibbard is the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service and is also known for his project ¡All-Time Quarterback! and his first band, Pinwheel.
In 2012 he released his second solo album Former Lives and I was catched by the Calexico'ish sound of the song Something's Rattling (Cowpoke). Let's have a listen so you know what i mean, put on your sombrero and go!
Nice song isn't it? It also sounds a bit like El Camino with a Hawaiian touch. I thought his album would be more of this stuff but it isn't. It's a kaleidoscope of styles and moods. Lily is a beautiful short ballad like song, "Duncan where have you gone" sounds great (Beach Boys vs Oasis) and there's a song called "Bigger Than Love" featuring Aimee Mann.
Sounds like a hit to me.
Here are some grooveshark links first one to The song "Lily"
And here's "Lady Adelaide"
And we end with a Tiny desk session were Ben is playing "St. Peter's Cathedral", "Teardrop Windows" and "When The Sun Goes Down On Your Street" enjoy!