Before James Mercer formed The Shins with bandmates Jesse Sandoval, Martin Crandall, and (later on) Neal Langford, they played together as Flake Music. In 1997, the quartet released their lone album, When You Land Here, It’s Time to Return, but it didn’t get very far. Now, Sub Pop and Aural Apothecary are giving the record another shot with a freshly mixed reissue.
“We worked pretty hard on that band and we really went nowhere, you know? We went nowhere in Albuquerque. It didn’t do anything nationally,” James Mercer explained to The Oregonian. “It never was mixed properly… [now] it sounds like a fresh new record.”
The music doesn’t sound drastically different from a Shins record. If anything, it feels almost like a bedroom demo for Mercer’s hit-making outfit. As the new release features proper postproduction value, it’ll sound even better when it comes out in time for November 28th’s Record Store Day (Black Friday to non-record collectors). Take a listen to the whole pre-mixed version below.