The Shins have been constantly releasing videos for their latest album, Port of Morrow; most of them have been great, and their new clip for “It’s Only Life” is no exception. The visuals about death in a figurative way work great with this introspective, heart-on-sleeve little track about life. The video features a small, imaginative boy and a dog (think Calvin and Hobbes) playing in an apocalyptic environment, while frontman James Mercer is being dragged off to a fate unknown by a dark figure. The video is lovely, but the whole thing is deceptively sad. Hiro Murai directs. Watch below.
The Shins have dropped a brand new song/video for “Bait & Switch”, a track taken from their forthcoming album, Port of Morrow, due out on March 20th. This is the second song we’ve heard from their new material (our first preview was “Simple Song“). The track is catchy and upbeat – a welcome and refreshing change of pace. Watch and listen below.
Last month, The Shins released the single, “Simple Song” off their upcoming album, Port Of Morrow, due out March 20th. Along with the announcement of the track’s 7-inch release (out next week), they’ve also unveiled its b-side, “September” – with video accompaniment and all. The song has a subtle country-twang and soft harmonies – a welcome change of pace. Watch and listen below.
“Simple Song” is our first preview of Port of Morrow, the fourth album by The Shins and the much-anticipated follow-up to 2007′s Wincing The Night Away. It’s been a long time coming (it only took them five years to present us with new material), but it matters not. The track is awesome, and it’s good to have them back. Listen to it below.