In case you wondering, The Shins are still around. The lead singer, James Mercer, took a 2 year break to shift his focus to another band: Broken Bells, which in turn, is comprised of Danger Mouse (half of Gnarls Barkley, producer of Gorillaz and Beck). Also, apparently The Shins’ drummer is former Modest Mouser Joe Plummer. Quite the talent pool.
The quality here isn’t great, but we think this song sounds pretty similar to their old stuff, which isn’t bad…just saying. We’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the album pans out.