The Shins have just announced a new album. Heartworms, to be released in March, will become the band’s first studio release in almost five years. Helping generate buzz for the upcoming LP is the poppy new track “Name For You,” which you can check out in the above lyric video.
James Mercer and company’s infectious single “Name For You” will undoubtedly resonate with Shins fans, both old and new. An upbeat indie pop delight, packed with catchy riffs, playful melodies and spirited lyrics, it’s ripe for repeat listening or, rather, to just play jubilantly over and over on a constant loop in one’s mind. (And let’s not forget the perfectly peculiar companion lyric video.)
Mercer’s new track is a prominent feminist composition, said to be inspired by his daughters. “My girl if you’re lucky one day / Rolling down the ancient high street you’ll find / In the mirror reflects a woman in her prime,” sings Mercer. “Can you make your way out? / In a world dearly won / Well it’s yours love / You can move it around.”
“Name For You” is the second single released from The Shins’ Port of Morrow followup. The group’s first single, the slightly spooky “Dead Alive” arrived late last year, appropriately, just in time for Halloween.
The Shins are expected to appear alongside Regina Spektor in a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion this Saturday (Jan. 7). While they will not be performing at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival (as previously expected), the group has announced a number of 2017 tour dates (see below) in support of the new album.
Heartworms comes out March 10 on Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. Preorder it here.
Full track listing for Heartworms:
01 “Name For You”
02 “Painting A Hole”
03 “Cherry Hearts”
04 “Fantasy Island”
06 “Rubber Ballz”
07 “Half A Million”
08 “Dead Alive”
10 “So Now What”
11 “The Fear”
The Shins 2017 tour dates:
Mar. 02 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
Mar. 03 – Phoenix, AZ – McDowell Mountain Music Festival
Mar. 04 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
Mar. 06 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
Mar. 07 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
Mar. 28 – Paris, France – Le Trianon
Mar. 29 – London, England – Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Mar. 30 – Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Paradiso
Apr. 22 – North Charleston, SC – High Water Festival
Apr. 23 – North Charleston, SC – High Water Festival
June 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell