Following their warmly received Halloween gift to fans in the form of ‘Dead Alive’, The Shins are pleased to announce the release of their fifth studio album,HEARTWORMS. The album will be released on March 10th via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records through Sony Music Australia. James Mercer will visit Sydney and Melbourne next week from January 16-18 to connect with media ahead of the album release and to promote The Shins’ current single, ‘Name For You’.
In contrast to 2012’s PORT OF MORROW, which debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Top 200, #4 on the ARIA Album Chart and was nominated for a Best Alternative Album GRAMMY, HEARTWORMS ushers in a return to the handmade. HEARTWORMS is, as always, entirely written by James Mercer. However, with the exception of So Now What (produced by Richard Swift), HEARTWORMS is the first Shins album to be self-produced by Mercer since OH, INVERTED WORLD in 2001.
HEARTWORMS features Mercer’s most diverse lyrical palette to date: From fictional character sketches (Fantasy Island, Rubber Ballz), autobiographical accounts (Mildenhall), to first single Name For You, a resounding call for female empowerment inspired by Mercer’s three daughters.
The result is a cohesive, genre defying album marked by Mercer’s distinct voice and melodic composition. Unified by his singular vision, Mercer creates a sound that is both familiar – a nostalgic nod to the album’s predecessors – and distinctly new.
HEARTWORMS’ track listing is below. The album will be available March 10, 2017 and is available to pre-order now.
1. Name For You
2. Painting a Hole
3. Cherry Hearts
4. Fantasy Island
6. Rubber Ballz
7. Half a Million
8. Dead Alive
10. So Now What
11. The Fear
The record will be supported by a world tour, on which Mercer will be joined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys).