The Shins are back, and they’ve got a tapestry of lush sounds sitting in their back pocket.
We’ve missed The Shins. After 2012’s ‘Port Of Morrow’ burst them well and truly back into our lives, we’ve been sitting here like impatient kids at a birthday party – waiting for the next hit of mind-spiralling goodness to land our way. What we’ve got is an even sweeter treat, with ‘Name For You’ brimming with sky-high euphoria and the sort of feel-good anthem that seems destined to pull summer days of blissful breeze right into our lives. Even if it’s only the start of the year.
Gliding with an infectious charm, ‘Name For You’ is a hive of joy – finding The Shins in a new-found role of instant pop kings that is sure to trigger fevered reactions wherever they go. Taking that 60s influence to a whole ‘nother realm and blending the instant hits that ran through leader James Mercer’s last run with Broken Bells, they’ve never sounded as direct as they do now – redefining themselves for another chapter and kicking back into frame to remind everyone just why they remain such a beloved beacon of modern life. Standing on top of their game, ‘Name For You’ is a confident wink that knows how good it is, and thrives on that to new-found levels of glistening groove perfection.
With many songs, it takes multiple listens to truly appreciate where a band is and what they’re all about – but with ‘Name For You’ the intentions are clear. The Shins are back, and they’ve got a tapestry of lush sounds sitting in their back pocket. Jamie Muir