A new Shins album is on its way. Frontman James Mercer confirmed the news in a recent interview with Portland’s KBOO 90.7, stating that the indie-rock band’s fifth album will arrive “early next year,” possibly as soon as January.
“The record is done, basically, and mixed,” Mercer said of the follow-up to 2012’s Port of Morrow. “We’ve been making little tweaks just because we have extra time. My intention was to have the record come out this year, but there’s inevitably these reasons that the label or whatever wants to postpone release, just so that they have more time to set things up.”
Mercer said he began working on the album about a year ago, and likened its style more to the band’s earlier work and less to Morrow, which was co-produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia). “I’m really excited about this record,” he said. “I think we’ve got something that Shins fans will really love, and I think there’s some other things on there that are different enough.” Mercer also said his “songwriting is stronger than it ever was.”
Mercer tabled the Shins after touring behind Morrow, but remained musically active in the interim. He teamed with all-star producer Danger Mouse to release After the Disco, their second collaborative album as Broken Bells, in early 2014.
Hear Mercer’s full interview with KBOO below.