Broken Bells, the new collaborative project featuring The Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse, will unveil its self-titled debut album on March 9th via Columbia Records. The effort is said to feature 10 “melodically seductive and psychologically provocative songs” co-written and performed by Mercer and Burton, including “The High Road”, which will be released as the first single on December 21st.
In addition to singing and songwriting, Mercer handles guitar and bass, while Danger Mouse plays organ, drums, piano, synths and bass. The pair play all the instruments on the album with the exception of a full string section arranged by Daniele Luppi. Not surprisingly, Danger Mouse also handled production. The album was recorded with Todd Monfalcone and Kennie Takahashi at Mondo Studio in Los Angeles.
For a sample ahead of the single’s release, we suggest you head to Stereogum and find the results of their “amateur detective” work.
Oh and just in case you were wondering how a dude from The Shins hitched up with the dude from Gnarls Barkley, according to the issued press release, “Danger Mouse and Mercer first met face-to-face backstage at the 2004 Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. The pair immediately hit it off and kept in touch over the prevailing half decade and in May 2008 seized the opportunity to finally collaborate on original music together. Once in the studio, the musical floodgates opened, an intuitive ease and seemingly ego-less telepathy producing an astonishing flow of new material over the course of a year. From more than 20 pieces of new music written and recorded, Broken Bells was assembled from 10 songs that coalesced together the most seamlessly.”