By Jack Bragg, Courier Editor in Chief
One of the most popular indie bands in the world, New Mexicoís The Shins, have come back with their first album since 2007ís Wincing the Night Away, as well as the first on the Shins own record label, Aural Apothecary. Port of Morrow features a great mix of new sounds, especially those that revolve around the use of electronic influences and synthesizers. The band however stays very anchored to their classic indie sound and acoustic based music.
The album was largely the brainchild of frontman James Mercer, who not only writes, sings, and plays on all the songs, but also helped to co-produce the album and give criticism on the albumís artwork. Itís Mercerís essential return to the Shins after a brief hiatus with his side project, Broken Bells, in which he performs with producer Danger Mouse. Port of Morrow is heavily influenced by the electronic style that Broken Bells was based around.