The Shins - Bait & Switch
March 20th is not far off and in anticipation of their upcoming release The Shins have leaked another song from Port of Morrow.
I read an interview with frontman James Mercer close to a year ago. In the piece he said that the new album was going to be pretty upbeat as he was at a happy point in his life. Bait and Switch is definitely a manifestation of this happy outlook and is actually poppier than I’d expect from The Shins. But the band, which has undegone a new line-up, seems to suit the sound nicely.
Mercer’s trademark introspection might not be immediately apparent on this number, but rest assured his clever lyricism hasn’t faltered over the years.
The Shins - September
After several years of absence, The Shins have finally begun releasing new material in anticipation of their first album in 5 years, Port of Morrow.
Simple Song is the first single which was released in January. Now, the b-side September has been leaked along with a video. According to iTunes, September will also be on the new album.
The song showcases Mercer’s trademark narrative-rich, introspective crooning. The song is consistent to much of the band’s earlier work with a familiar reverberating guitar layer playing over acoustic strumming. Port of Morrow will be released on March 20th.