Mercer Mouse?

Details emerge of James Mercer, Danger Mouse collab

December 15, 2009

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There’s been a gurgling in the news of late about a musical collaboration between the Shins’ James Mercer and superstar DJ/producer Danger Mouse (of "Gray Album" and Gnarls Barkley fame). Now the gurgling is reaching a melodious apex thanks to the indie rock sleuths at Stereogum.

The project is called Broken Bells and it now has a website, All you’ll get there is some fancy flash animation and the chance to sign up for a newsletter. If, however, you’d like a tiny little sample of what’s to come from Mercer and Mouse, head to The name of the site is an anagram of Broken Bells and once there you can hear looping samples from what we assume the eventual album will sound like (though you might need to hit refresh a few times to get the song to change).

No release date has been announced yet but we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, perhaps this clip from the duo’s previous working relationship on Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse’s "Dark Night of the Soul" album will give us a clue of what to expect.

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