A day after sharing a spooky faux advertisement for a horror film titled I Gleek On Your Grave, The Shins have released a new single named “Dead Alive” and a music video to go along with it. Though juxtaposed with the indie-rock band’s distinctively breezy style, the video includes footage that appeared in the I Gleek On Your Grave “trailer.”
“[Frontman] James Mercer wanted to give you a Halloween gift while you wait for the album,” a press release noted. “Enjoy and have a fun and safe Halloween!”
“Dead Alive” is the second new song the Shins have released since their last studio album, 2012’s Port of Morrow. The previous track, 2014’s “So Now What,” appeared on the soundtrack for Zach Braff’s film Wish I Was Here. (Braff famously boosted the Shins’ profile when he included their song “New Slang” in his 2004 flick Garden State.)
Mercer began teasing new Shins material in August, when he shared a cryptic Instagram video captioned “I Gleek On Your Grave” and said in an interview that the Shins’ fifth album would arrive “early next year.” Though the Shins have remained largely dormant since Port of Morrow, Mercer released After the Disco, his second collaborative album with Danger Mouse as Broken Bells, in 2014.
Watch the video for “Dead Alive” below.