Monday, November 4, 2013

New Broken Bells: "Holding on for Life"

Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse and The Shins' James Mercer are back as Broken Bells with "Holding on for Life"- the first of the duo's groovy, highly anticipated follow-up to their critically praised 2010 debut self-titled. In what might be Mercer's most falsetto, Bee Gees-akin vocal yet, the new track is a welcome psychedelic instalment in their experimental indie-rock repertoire, and is fittingly part of a new release titled After The Disco. The mid-tempo first listen ends the hiatus that both halves of Broken Bells took after the wild success of their first concerted effort; one that saw Danger Mouse collaborate with Black Keys and Jack White (to name only a few) and Mercer return to his faithful Shins family with the release of last year's Port of Morrow.

If the rest of the January 14 album sounds anything like this sexy little disco number - I'm even more on the Broken Bells bandwagon than I was three years ago. (I was very on board three years ago).


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