Something new is brewing in the world of side projects and collaborative art… James Mercer of The Shins and Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) have teamed up for a project they’re calling Broken Bells. From what I’ve heard of it so far, something good is happening.
Burton, under the stage name of Danger Mouse, has a pretty impressive list of accomplishments under his belt. Most notably might be his formation of the group Gnarls Barkley back in 2003 with rapper Cee-Lo Green (their song “Crazy” snagged the title of Rolling Stone’s Best Song of the Decade). He has also produced albums for artists such as Beck and Gorillaz. In 2004 he released The Grey Album, blending together tracks from Jay-Z’s The Black Album and instrumentals from The Beatles’ The Beatles (aka The White Album).
Now, Burton is at it again, mixing his technical and production skills with Mercer’s dreamy vocals, which do not stray too far from what you’ll hear out of The Shins.
Head over to brokenbells.com and listen to “The High Road” the single from the up and coming album which drops on 9th March, 2009. I think it’s safe to say that this project has serious potential.