Broken Bells — “Windows”
Broken Bells, the duo composed of Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer, are following up their self-titled 2010 debut album with the four-track EP Meyrin Fields on March 29. The songs on the new EP were recorded at the same time as the full-length album, but didn’t correspond to the overall feel so they were excluded.
“Windows” definitely has a different tone than previously released Broken Bells material. It’s darker and features sound effects, distortion and lots of percussion. It’s also not as laid back as popular Broken Bells tracks “The High Road” and “The Ghost Inside.”
— Maddie Leznoff
Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”
“Little Talks” is a great upbeat pop song that can instantly put anyone in a good mood. The combination of drums, bass, piano and accordion makes for a unique and catchy sound. A blend of both male and female vocals throughout the song makes for an irresistible melody.
The lyrical composition is a great complement to the strong instrumentals. Of Monsters and Men use their lyrics to tell stories, many of which are about monsters, both fictional and human.
The quartet got their big break after winning the 2010 Músiktilraunir — the nationwide battle of the bands. They are set to release their first full-length album in the summer of 2011.
— Amber Garratt