RIYL: Broken Bells, Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Band of Horses
The Shins are pleased to announce the release of their fifth studio album, Heartworms. In contrast to 2012‚Äôs Port of Morrow, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for a Best Alternative Album GRAMMY, Heartworms ushers in a return to the handmade. Heartworms is, as always, entirely written by James Mercer, with exception of ‚ÄúSo Now What‚ÄĚ (produced by band member Richard Swift). Heartworms is the first Shins album to be self-produced by Mercer since Oh, Inverted World in 2001.
Heartworms features Mercer’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive, yet genre defying album marked by Mercer‚Äôs distinct voice and melodic composition. Unified by his singular vision, Mercer creates a sound that is both familiar ‚Äď a nostalgic nod to the album‚Äôs predecessors – and distinctly new. The album‚Äôs first single, ‚ÄúName For You,‚ÄĚ is a resounding call for female empowerment inspired by Mercer‚Äôs three daughters.
The Shins are James Mercer (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Plummer (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Yuuki Matthews (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Mark Watrous (guitar), and Richard Swift (keyboards, piano, organ, synthesizers, percussion, backing vocals)
Album includes a digital download.
Currently, the only limited first pressing is the Newbury Comics version. Per conversation with Carl from Newbury via email, this is limited to 1500 pressings.
- Name For You
- Painting A Hole
- Cherry Hearts
- Fantasy Island
- Rubber Ballz
- Half A Million
- Dead Alive
- So Now What
- The Fear
This is a Newbury Comics Exclusive Preorder.
Number of discs: 1
Vinyl weight (grams): 180
Release Date: 03/10/2017
Limited to 1500 pressings, per Carl from Newbury Comics
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive