The Albuquerque six-piece are gearing up for their first release in four years
The Shins have posted a mysterious video online.
The short grainy clip includes what sounds like new music from the band before ending with a credits screen with the title ‘I Gleek On Your Grave’. It is unclear if this is the name of their forthcoming new album. You can watch the clip below.
The band haven’t put out a full-length record since 2012’s ‘Port Of Morrow’, but frontman James Mercer confirmed recently that they were putting the finishing touches to a new album.
Anticipation for new material was ramped up earlier this year after The Shins’ official Facebook page shared a teaser clip of what appeared to be a clip from a new song. Entitled ‘The Fear’, the 10-second clip featured a psychedelic backdrop as reverb-drenched vocals played over the top – the lyrics “squanders the deal” can be made out.
This isn’t the first time that the band have teased new music: back in April, they previewed a new song in the same seconds-long format, with a backdrop of clouds accompanying the short snippet of music. It was first piece of new music to emerge from the band since 2014, when they contributed ‘So Now What’ to the soundtrack of Zach Braff film Wish I Was Here.
The new album is expected to be released early next year.
Singer James Mercer recently said of the new LP: “I’m really excited about this record. I think we’ve got something that Shins fans will really love, and I think there are some other things on there that are different enough.”
He added that the new album is more similar to the band’s first three albums, rather than the poppier sound of ‘Port Of Morrow’, which was co-produced with Adele producer Greg Kurstin.
The singer added: “I made a concerted effort on some songs to fit the palette, to use the palette that I’ve historically used for the band. I think it’s really strong. Lyrically, I think I’m better than I ever was, and I think my songwriting is better than it ever was.”