Heartworms is an album of tinkering and pootling, the sound of a man reminiscing on life, referencing his favourite records – less rock star, more bloke living out his hobby from the comfort of a suburban garage.
Heartworms is the fifth studio album by American rock band The Shins. The album was released March 10, 2017, on Columbia Records. It is the Shins' first studio album in five years. The album was produced by James Mercer. So Now What" was produced by former band member Richard Swift.
Heartworms, however, is the first album where he fully embraces the reality that he is the Shins. Self-produced and recorded with a smaller cast than its predecessor, it’s the most hermetic LP he’s released since 2001’s Oh, Inverted World, the last album he recorded himself. At times it overtly calls back to that debut. For as openly as Mercer discusses his anxiety (he dedicates Heartworms ’s final song, The Fear, to it), he still adheres to a disciplined, never let them see you sweat approach in the studio. He creates the illusion that songs come to him quickly, as if pulled from thin air, even if the five year gaps between the last few Shins albums argue otherwise. His gift for making fussy arrangements seem effortless remains unparalleled. Heartworms ’ chipper title track is all weightless wonder, as free and euphoric as anything on Inverted World.
Heartworms is the fifth album by The Shins. The album was produced by James Mercer, except So Now What which was produced by former band member Richard Swift. Producers James Mercer & Richard Swift. Writers James Mercer. Artwork Jacob Escobedo. Assistant mixing Joe Plummer.
The Shins – Heartworms. Label: Columbia – 83 1, Aural Apothecary Records – 83 1. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 180g. Country: USA & Canada.
Since James Mercer rebooted the Shins with a new lineup on 2012's Port of Morrow, the project has been a more freewheeling affair, and never more so than on Heartworms. This is easily the most wide-ranging music he's made with any project, including Broken Bells. Within a handful of tracks, the band touches on psychedelic exotica ("Painting a Hole"), Weezer-ish new wave (the standout "Half a Million"), and throwbacks to the Oh, Inverted World/Chutes Too Narrow era (the title track, "Dead Alive")
The Shins, Heartworms. Download this: Name For You; Mildenhall; Half A Million; So Now What. The Shins’ creative mainspring James Mercer has always had a knack for creating distinctive earworms, whose unusual, serpentine melodies burrow deep into one’s affections.
The Shins’ music has always had a Swiss watch-like quality to it: Seamless from the outside, hypnotically intricate when you open it up. Heartworms, their first LP in five years, bridges the electronic textures of 2012’s Port of Morrow with the jangly, cerebral pop of Chutes Too Narrow, touching on psychedelia ( Painting a Hole ), country ( Mildenhall ), and synth-pop ( Cherry Hearts ). It's the band’s most adventurous album yet. Heartworms The Shins.
The Shins were a mid-‘00s success story, with their song New Slang pushing the band to success after it was featured in the movie Garden State. Jumping into their latest album Heartworms made me nervous – would it finally bring them back to their former glory? As a whole, the album takes the indie genre and twists it with the old sound heard on previous albums (in a good way). Each small break has slightly tweaked what we hear – whether it be lyrically or musically. James Mercer certainly brought this collection of songs together
|1||Name for You James Mercer||The Shins||3:09|
|2||Painting a Hole James Mercer||The Shins||4:44|
|3||Cherry Hearts James Mercer||The Shins||3:33|
|4||Fantasy Island James Mercer||The Shins||4:46|
|5||Mildenhall James Mercer||The Shins||3:19|
|6||Rubber Ballz James Mercer||The Shins||3:17|
|7||Half a Million James Mercer||The Shins||3:23|
|8||Dead Alive James Mercer||The Shins||3:34|
|9||Heartworms James Mercer||The Shins||2:56|
|10||So Now What James Mercer||The Shins||3:38|
|11||The Fear James Mercer||The Shins||5:25|
Credits:Steve Drizos - Percussion
Jacob Escobedo - Artwork, Design
Chris Funk - Dulcimer, Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Brian Lucey - Mastering
Yuuki Matthews - Bass, Drums, Mixing, Percussion, Synthesizer
James Mercer - Bass, Chord Organ, Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Producer, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Voices
Joe Plummer - Drums, Engineer
The Shins - Primary Artist
Jon Sortland - Drums
Richard Swift - Drums, Mellotron, Percussion, Producer, Synthesizer
Mark Watrous - Castanets, Guitar, Kalimba, Piano, Strings, Synthesizer Bass