I had been eagerly awaiting the Broken Bells album ever since I heard the first single, “The High Road” way back in December. Well after an entire album, and a road trip to Texas, I’m still impressed. As James Mercer is involved, there is an element of The Shins that peeks through on some tracks, but overall it’s easy to view this as a completely separate endeavor. Tracks are richer, darker, and more complex. After hearing their interview on NPR‘s All Songs Considered, I am even more sold on their collective musical brilliance. Having this drop on the same day as the new Gorillaz made for quite an epic day in music.
Now off to drive the last few hours to Austin, if you’re there, holla!