Streaming over on NPR at the moment is the first inkling of a new offering from James Mercer and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) - Broken Bells. Last year's debut offered a fantastic blend of indie pop with subtle hip-hop undertones, though it simply did not leave the comfort zones of either party.
This single, 'Windows', does not fall into the same category as such. Much more funky, much more upbeat - the song has a hurtling rhythm beneath Mercer's vocal, bringing in some Prince-esque beats and a fantastic guitar line. Electro-pop at its finest. A step forward to say the least!
The song makes up part of an EP due for release at the end of the month. The songs did not make the cut for the debut album, though according to the band it is because they didn't fit in with the vibe of the other songs. That's for sure...
Head over to http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/03/07/134330851/exclusive-premiere-new-broken-bells?sc=tw&cc=twmp to check it out.