"Simple Song"

It's been five years and one new band (Broken Bells, his Danger Mouse collaboration) since James Mercer made a Shins album. After overhauling the group's lineup, he's finally made another, and this spangled, chin-up-kid anthem is the first taste. Mercer gets his reveries on – "When I was just nine years old/I swear that I dreamt/Your face on a football field" – amid multitracked vocals and prog-rock frippery, while guest Shin Janet Weiss pounds out a Phil Spector faux-tango with Keith Moon flourishes. It's pretty magnificent, and that ascending melody will trail you like a double-espresso buzz.

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