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James Mercer

Posted 16 May 2012 @ 1:52pm

Taken from the intoxicating, layered gem that is Port Of Morrow, The Rifle's Spiral has an almost psychedelic feel, a hypnotic pulse in the vocal melody and a circular swirl of guitars, beautifully balanced against the bouncing rhythm section. There’s an urgency to it, a vitality, but also a grim and weighty undercurrent. A strange and amazing tune.

Posted 21 Mar 2012 @ 6:49am


When I interviewed him ahead of his forthcoming album release, James Mercer and I barely talked about The Shins. We didn’t discuss the new album and barely touched on the end of their deal with Sub Pop. What we talked about, for the most part, was the gap between Wincing The Night Away (2007) and Port Of Morrow (2012) and James’ personal journey in between one record and the other....

Posted 14 Mar 2012 @ 7:50am


Five years and a Grammy award later and the epitomical indie-rock group, The Shins, are back with a fresh LP and renewed gusto for life. An encouraging release from the Portland via Albuquerque-based project, following 2007’s highly acclaimed Wincing The Night Away and subsequent extended hiatus, The Shins have endured a few dramatic modifications to their musical make-up to produce a...

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