It’s been a lonely five years since the Shins released their last album, Wincing the Night Away, but the New Mexico natives have finally given listeners another reason to tap their toes.
“Simple Song,” their latest single, bobs with familiar upbeat tones and throaty croons while staying fresh with new instrumentals and rhythms unheard in the band’s past work.
Don’t be fooled by the title, because “Simple Song” is anything but. The track’s modest beginning, featuring feathery organs and drawn-out vocals, is immediately offset by bigger, more dramatic sounds: Keyboard notes flutter, ’80s electric guitar lines furiously zig and zag and there’s even a crescendo of choir-style singing rising powerfully with each verse. It’s a lot to take in at once, but James Mercer’s rich, bleating vocals keep everything together.
“Simple Song” may have been a long time coming, but its dynamic sound and energy won’t disappoint even the most desperate fans. And sure, its Jan. 9 release date dawns three entire months before the rest of the album, but the addictive song might be enough to tide the world over until then.