Broken Bells are set to make their official return, dropping their first single in three years this week.
Way back in 2004, The Shins’ James Mercer ran into Brian Burton (better known to most as Danger Mouse) while at a festival and before long, they had decided to work together. Half a decade later, the pair reconvened, forming the group Broken Bells, and began sharing the music they had created together.
In 2009, the pair released their debut single, ‘The High Road’, which managed to chart at #95 in the 2010 Hottest 100, following it up with their self-titled debut in early 2010.
Continuing with their Meyrin Fields EP in 2011, the group’s last major release was 2014’s After The Disco, an album which spawned tracks such as ‘Holding On For Life’.
Check out Broken Bells’ ‘Holding On For Life’:
Since then, it’s been pretty much silence from the group, with James Mercer returning to The Shins, and Danger Mouse returning to his production work.
Now, after teasing a comeback back in August, it seems we’re about to get the first piece of new music from the duo since their 2015 single ‘It’s That Talk Again’.
As Pitchfork reports, Broken Bells have now taken to social media to announce the release of their brand new single, ‘Shelter’.
Arriving this Friday, the track’s announcement was paired with some pretty psychedelic visuals, though it’s not clear whether or nor the new tune also come with a similarly-themed video.
Whether this means a new album from Broken Bells is on the way is also unknown, though given the fact it’s been almost five years since their last record, fans are undoubtedly hoping for the best.
While Danger Mouse has spent most of the last year focusing on production work for the likes of A$AP Rocky and Parquet Courts, James Mercer oversaw the release of The Shins’ The Worm’s Heart back in January.
Here’s hoping that the pair have now found the time to finish a new record, and hopefully plan a world tour in support of it.