Release Date: March 10th
The Shins' follow-up to 2012's Port of Morrow is also the first time since 2001 and Oh, Inverted World, that bandleader James Mercer produced a full album himself. (Well, almost a full album – former bandmate Richard Swift is behind the boards on one track). "I made a concerted effort on certain songs ... to use the palette that I've used historically for the band." Mercer told Portland radio station KBOO 90.7 last August. "And then on other songs, I really jumped off. ... I was able to do some stuff that is a bit more synth-oriented." You can hear what Mercer means on two advance tracks: "Name for You," inspired by and addressed to Mercer's daughters, and "Dead Alive," which first surfaced with a Halloween-themed video last year.