Danger Mouse has worked with some excellent artists/bands, including The Black Keys, Beck, and Sparklehorse, and now you can add James Mercer (from the Shins) to that list. The collaboration between Danger Mouse and Mercer is going by the name Broken Bells, and where the music generally tends toward Mercer’s comfort zone, it isn’t shy about brandishing that magic Danger Mouse production. The first single from the eponymous debut (due out on March 9th), called “The High Road”, wouldn’t feel totally out of place on the latest Shins album, and while I may be jonesing pretty hard to see what the Shins (and their new line-up) do next, if the rest of this Broken Bells record sounds like this, I’ll be quite satisfied to wait a little longer.
This is so so so good. I played it like 10 times last night after finally grabbing it, only to find out Tuneage beat me to posting it to Tumblr (not that there’s a big surprise there).