The Shins are back with Heartworms, the first album since 2012’s Port of Morrow.
Once a band, the Shins is now a one-man project, the brainchild of frontman and songwriter James Mercer.
For Heartworms, Mercer played the role of writer, musician and producer. The album brings Mercer’s loner tendencies to the surface. As Pitchfork reports:
Heartworms…is the first album where he fully embraces the reality that he is the Shins. Self-produced and recorded with a smaller cast than its predecessor, it’s the most hermetic LP he’s released since 2001’s Oh, Inverted World, the last album he recorded himself. At times it overtly calls back to that debut. With its psychedelic patter, “Dead Alive” is an almost direct sequel to “One by One All Day,” drawing out that song’s reverb-soaked outro into its own romp, like some kind of self-written fan fiction.
01. Name for You
02. Painting a Hole
03. Cherry Hearts
04. Fantasy Island
06. Rubber Ballz
07. Half a Million
08. Dead Alive
10. So Now What
11. The Fear
by Cat Johnson
Danger Mouse has really grown on me lately. From the moment I heard Attack & Release by the Black Keys—which was produced by Danger Mouse—I’ve been following his every move. I recently read that he’s working really hard to move beyond his image as a hip-hop guy, saying that while he loves hip-hop, he loves a lot of other music as well.
I’ve only heard a couple of tracks off of the new self-titled Broken Bells album, which is a project that Danger Mouse put together with James Mercer of the Shins. What I have heard, though, is interesting.
Here’s a bit of what they do:
What do you think of Broken Bells?