I love The Shins. Their releases are catchy and simply make me feel good. So when I heard that James Mercer, who is the lead vocalist and guitarist for The Shins, was in a new band called Broken Bells, I got excited. Artist-producer, Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) is Mercer’s other half. The duo makes up the Broken Bells.
I purchased the Broken Bells' first (self-titled) album, which I love. I can play it over and over again and never get bored. So, I decided to give new EP Meyrin Fields a try.
The indie rock/folk-sounding side of Mercer, coupled with Danger Mouse’s rhythmic electric rock makes this band and this EP very special. The four songs have a spiritual feel and yet bopping beat that makes you just want to sway with the music.
"Meyrin Fields," the title track, is an eclectic mix of space age sounds coupled with Mercer’s folk voice, which is so enticing it makes you want to listen more. It was initially the b-side of "The Ghost Inside" single, taken from their first album.
At first when you listen to it, the song provokes anxiety. The beginning has a repetitive sound that lasts about 30 seconds until Mercer jumps in with his soothing voice. The rest of the song is simply enjoyable to listen to. Once you hear it more than once, you will want to listen to it again and again.
"Windows" is my favorite one on the release. It could have been the 11th track on the Broken Bells’ first album. It starts off sounding like a plane that is going to crash and then goes into a strong electric bass sound. Within seconds the lead guitar jumps in, followed by the duo’s harmonic voices. When I listen to the song, all I want to do is sway my body back and forth. It has so much interest musically. My only complaint is that it’s hard to make out the words.