New album 'The Worm’s Heart' arrives this month...
The Shins (Credit: Nikki Fenix)

It's not often that an artist will return to an album, but that's exactly what James Mercer does on The Shins' new effort.

Full length project 'Heartworms' arrived last year, a warm, mature, and highly enjoyable return from one of American indie's most loved outfits.

Flipping the album upside down, James Mercer has prepared 'The Worm's Heart' for release on January 19th.

New cut 'Dead Alive (Flipped)' is online right now, and while the original was carefree this one is sombre, serious, and a little more introverted.

It's a curious sonic experiment, for sure, but what makes it all hang together is the sheer dexterity of James Mercer's songwriting.

Tune in now.

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