Broken Bells is the project between James Mercer (the main man behind The Shins) and producer Danger Mouse (famous for his work with Gnarls Barkley, The Black Keys and Beck) . They have announced plans to release a debut album in early 2010 - and to mark this announcement, have given us a taster track from the upcoming debut, by name of The High Road. Supposedly the project is far more than just another production trip by Danger Mouse - the two of them are in it for the long run, and already have plans beyond the first album.
The genre of the music (judging on just the one track) doesn't appear to tie itself down to anything, it's slow-paced indie pop with a relaxed and very slight bluesy edge to it, with some pretty chilled out crunching synth sounds behind. You can quite clearly hear the Shins' influence from Mercer's end, and DM (as the brilliant producer he is) brings it out and plays on it. They've made no pretences by dropping us a killer lead single first - and I judge that to be a good sign, a sign that there's a lot more to come from this exciting future collaboration.
File Next To - The Shins, Danger Mouse, Beck
Broken Bells - The High Road (MP3)
from the forthcoming debut album 'Broken Bells' , due March 2010