Ben Gibbard opens his solo debut album Former Lives
with this barbershop-style a cappella tune that consists entirely of the Death Cab For Cutie frontman overdubbing his voice into his iPhone. He explained to Consequence of Sound
: "We were on tour, and I was playing in Shepherd's Bush. I found myself taking advantage of the technology in my pocket. It's like a song-oid; it's a ditty or a sketch; it's a sketch of a song. I just thought it would be a hoot to start the record out with. I think it's kind of playful and not very in-keeping with what people know or think about when they think about the kind of records I'm tied to. Necessity is probably a little extreme but certainly out of intent. That was the version I recorded in Shepherd's Bush, so that's the version on the record. There's really no reason going back to it and trying to make it something more than what it is."