The Shins Return With Spooky "Dead Alive"
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:10:09
Earlier this week, The Shins teased a video on their website. A highlight reel with a somewhat frightening voiceover stating "In a dead-end town, a car salesman is in great danger… It's something he can't run from, something in his subconsciousness." Now, the teasing has paid off, and the full track and video "Dead Alive" is released, and available for your listening and viewing pleasure.
The signature 'Shins' sound of breeziness and quirk remains unchanged from the last material we heard from the band on their 2012 album, Port Morrow. However, here there is a sense of darkness and depth that represents a slight departure from what audiences may have been expecting.
Directed by frontman James Mercer and Jon Sortland (keyboardist for Mercer's side project Broken Bells), the video opens with Mercer lounging on a couch while watching a horror film called "I Gleek On Your Grave". Mercer calls the video "a Halloween gift while you wait for the album."
Earlier this year, Mercer discussed the postponement of the album, saying; "The record is done basically and mixed. We've been making little tweaks just because we have extra time. My intention was to have the the record to come out this year, but there's inevitably these reasons that the label or whatever wants to postpone release just so that they have more time to set things up and do whatever sort of marketing and things that they have to do. So it looks like it'll be coming out next year. Early next year, like January hopefully."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff