The Shins Port Of Morrow on Import LP
The Shins are an American indie rock band founded and fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, James Mercer. The band was originally formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but is now based in Portland, Oregon. Released jointly on Mercer’s Aural Apothecary label and Columbia Records, Port Of Morrow is The Shins' long awaited fourth full-length album and first since 2007's Wincing The Night Away.
The 10-track set was recorded in Los Angeles and Portland over the course of 2011 with Mercer handling all songwriting duties, lead vocals and the majority of instrumentation. Port Of Morrow was produced by Greg Kurstin and mixed by Rich Costey. Featuring the lead single "Simple Song."
"Port of Morrow has more of a studio-sculpture auteurist vibe than ever. Mercer and producer Greg Kurstin send filaments of Sixties and Seventies radio gold and Nineties indie pop through a picturesque psychedelia – from the "Be My Baby" cathedral boom of "Simple Song" (with Janet Weiss mutilating the drums) to "For a Fool," soul-pop balladry as a mossy Upper Northwest guitar nod.
"There's a soft-rock e-mail to his cool sister ("Fall of '82"), a moonlit slow dance for his patient wife ("September") and a bright anti-one-percent screed with slashing Johnny Marr guitar ("No Way Down"). The Hall and Oates fantasia "40 Mark Strasse" is especially vivid; Mercer remembers what it feels like to be a shy teenage boy with a crush on the terrifyingly hip girl down the block. - Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone
The Shins Port Of Morrow Track Listing:
1. The Rifle’s Spiral
2. Simple Song
3. It’s Only Life
4. No Way Down
6. Bait and Switch
7. Fall of ‘82
8. For A Fool
9. 40 Mark Strasse
10. Port of Morrow