Two rather major pieces of James Mercer-related tidbits, both courtesy of today’s episode of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic:
First, Mercer’s current outfit, Broken Bells, performed a live set and among the songs tackled was a rendition of the Sparklehorse-penned, Mercer-featuring Dark Night of the Soul track “Insane Lullaby”. The song has been performed live by the band of late, but, according to KCRW, it was the first time the group ever performed the track on the radio. So check out the high-res debut below.
And if that weren’t enough, Mercer also used the radio appearance to confirm he has not only been working on new Shins material between tours with Broken Bells, but that a studio is now being set up to record said material. The Shins frontman gave no indication as to when the record could be unveiled, but did note it will probably be his next release.
In the meantime, you can pick up a physical copy of Dark Night of the Soul when it sees release on July 13th.