Happy New Year from Broken Bells

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Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins have kept their collaboration project Broken Bells under such tight wraps that we admit to a little puzzlement after hearing the full album leak this week, over two months before the album’s March 9 release date. We have to wonder about the state of contemporary music in the internet age: pre-leak, then a leak, then a post-leak, then a review of the leak, then the actual release, then the review of the release, plus several hit remixes to follow. At this rate Grizzly Bear will be on Delilah by next Tuesday. But we digress! Broken Bells sounds pretty good so far: toe-tapping, electronically-backed, fuzzy vocals evoking 2004’s biggest indie hit. Click through to weigh in on new track “The High Road.”

Broken Bells, “The High Road”