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- Posted on Jan 9th 2012 4:25PM by Kenneth Partridge
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Taken from 'Port of Morrow,' the band's long-awaited fourth album, 'Simple Song' is classic Shins: catchy yet convoluted. This one's a little less ambiguous than, say, 'Phantom Limb,' the lead-off single from 2007's 'Wincing the Night Away,' but even as Mercer seemingly aims for straightforward statements about love and hope, he can't resist the urge to get a little weird.
"When I was just 9 years old, I swear that I dreamt your face on a football field," he sings early on, "and a kiss that I kept under my vest, apart from everything but the heart in my chest."
Musically, the new-jack Shins mix bright keyboards and sparkling guitars, backing Mercer with the same gusto of his old cohorts. As for what they do on the other nine tracks, fans will have to wait until March, when 'Port of Morrow' arrives via Mercer's own Aural Apothecary label, to find out.