You know, I never really got into the movie Garden State. And so it seems I missed a turning point in pop culture for The Shins.
But I’m glad I finally discovered them, and I’m glad James Mercer and crew have returned after a five-year absence with their fourth album, Port of Morrow. Landing firmly in the indie-rock realm, The Shins have honed their sound with tight production and more electronic effects on this latest outing. The aforementioned Mercer is the smooth, nonchalant lead vocalist of the five-piece, and his sometimes drowsy delivery dowses Port of Morrow with a laidback, almost Beach Boys-esque vibe. Sunny instrumentation and heaping reverb slightly undercut the at-times simplistic lyrics, but this is an overall solid and much-anticipated return.
Do you remember?: “September”