After a 2010 with loads of critical acclaim, Broken Bells have a start into 2011 with another new effort.
The Grammy-nominated duo will be releasing "Meyrin Fields," a four-song EP, on March 29. It contains two previously unreleased tunes"Windows" and "Heartless Empire," plus two tracks that were already at digital retailers. The title track was the B-side to "The Ghost Inside" single, released in the fall last year, and "An Easy Life," which was off of the iTunes LP of the self-titled full-length.
It seems James Mercer and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) are sticking with Columbia, and "will continue to record and tour together for the foreseeable future." So this is no one-off or side-project?
Mercer had said in 2008/2009 that his other main squeeze The Shins were leaving their home Sub Pop for the green pastures of the frontman's own label. That, after a blood-letting within the band, a couple new hires and then static.
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