As the leader of the Shins, James Mercer kept his cryptic leanings relegated to his lyrics. But for Broken Bells, Mercer’s collaboration with Danger Mouse, the mystery’s being laid on thick.
A visit to the site Berobrknells.com (it’s brokenbells with the letters rearranged) brings you to a silhouette of two men, one slight and slender, the other afro’d, could be anyone, really. And playing in the background is one of three instrumental loops, which switches over every time you hit refresh.
Excerpts from the forthcoming debut album, hinting at a more production-heavy sound than the Shins’ nuanced pop? Seems a fair guess. But thanks to the new air of careful inscrutability, a guess is all we’ve got.