Single Review – The Shins – Name For You

The established Albuquerque Indie group are to release their fifth studio album Heartworms on March 10th and this week have released the second single from it with ‘Name For You’. Stylistically there are subtle differences to their sound, but the Indie driven Sixties melodies remain with this track. These swaying rhythms are tinged with high pitched piano chords and are strung together with James Mercer’s energetic and easy vocals. As usual, Mercer’s storytelling is the product of their trusted musical base. This song is just another Shins song that’ll make up another Shins album, but it’s their familiarity that makes them. When other acts try to be dark and edgy, they remain joyful, direct and much loved. 

Owen Riddle 

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