After The Disco, it's BROKEN BELLS time Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:43 by madseason
Broken Bells - Holding On For Life

Broken Bells, the collaborative project of The Shins' frontman James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, will release their second full-length album next January 14 through Columbia Records.

The new record is titled "After The Disco" and features the first single "Holding On For Life", a brilliant Bee Gees-meets-psychedelic-dance rock song. Watch the "pseudo-video" now clicking on the image on the side.

Broken Bells also released a teaser of the new album as a seven-minute sci-fi short film, based on a story by Danger Mouse, directed by Jacob Gentry and starring Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin. Enjoy it following this link.

THE SHINS release a Simple Song as new single Thursday, 12 January 2012 00:03 by madseason
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"Port Of Morrow" is the upcoming fourth studio album by The Shins, scheduled to be released on March 20th, 2012. Recorded in Los Angeles and Portland with producer Greg Kurstin, it will be the first album by the band to be released through frontman James Mercer's new record label Aural Apothecary, as well as their first album to be distributed by Columbia Records. It is also the band's first studio album in 5 years, following the release of 2007's "Wincing The Night Away".

To listen to "Simple Song", the first single off "Port Of Morrow" visit The Shins' website now.

For those who don't know, Mercer is also involved with producer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) in the band Broken Bells that released a great indie rock album two years ago for Columbia.

BROKEN BELLS - BROKEN BELLS Tuesday, 13 April 2010 00:30 by madseason

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  • Release date: March 9, 2010
  • Label: Columbia Sony Music
  • Producer: Danger Mouse

 

  • Style: Indie Rock, Synth Pop
  • Related bands: The Shins, Gnarls Barkley, Animal Kingdom, Mew


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Intro
Progetto che vede all'opera il produttore/polistrumentista Brian Burton, meglio conosciuto con lo pseudonimo di Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Beck), e James Mercer, cantante e songwriter degli Shins.

Best Tracks
The High Road, Vaporize, The Ghost Inside, Mongrel Heart

Notes
Broken Bells è un album che risente limitatamente del background artistico del duo coinvolto nel progetto. Piuttosto, per descriverne il sound, è il caso di parlare di indie pop rock (più pop che rock) atmosferico, influenzato dall'elettronica.[preview]
La capacità di James di scrivere brillanti brani dal mood sognante ed intimistico, ma non privi di inaspettati cambi di direzione, viene qui enfatizzata dalle abilità soniche di Brian, che non lesina con le orchestrazioni, con moderni inserti di synth, con gli accompagnamenti acustici.
Il tutto in un contesto prevalentemente rilassato (a volte pure troppo: dura evitare che parta qualche sbadiglio), in cui l'ascoltatore viene cullato dalla voce ora evocativa, ora melanconica, sempre sottile, con qualche propensione al falsetto, di Mercer.
Peccato che l'album non sia tutto sul livello qualitativo del primo singolo, "The High Road": probabilmente è solo questione di un affiatamento non ancora ottimale. Se così fosse, aspettiamoci grandi cose per il secondo album.

The Band

  • James Mercer - vocals, guitar
  • Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) - various instruments


Tracklist

  • 01. The High Road   3:52
  • 02. Vaporize   3:29
  • 03. Your Head Is On Fire   3:04
  • 04. The Ghost Inside   3:18
  • 05. Sailing To Nowhere   3:46
  • 06. Trap Doors   3:19
  • 07. Citizen   4:29
  • 08. October   3:39
  • 09. Mongrel Heart   4:23
  • 10. The Mall & Misery   4:06


Discography

  • Broken Bells (2010 Columbia Sony)


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