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A Pretty OK Song: "Shelter" - Broken Bells

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Getting excited about music is really easy when several of your favorite artists are releasing new tracks. There’s new music from Beirut, a collaboration single by Disclosure and Khalid, and I discovered the rapper Boogie’s debut album, Everything’s for Sale, not to mention all the other great music that’s come out recently.

With so many options to choose from, I think it’s only natural that I chose a song by a band whose fondest memories for me came back in 2010.

I still remember the first time my friend Shane played “The High Road” by Broken Bells. I was a senior in high school, taking advantage of my lack of responsibility to spend as much time as possible with my friends. The wacky synth intro and neat drumbeat set the tone for so many carefree nights. Now, Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (aka the guy you know from the Shins) are back with a new single to set the table for their third LP, coming sometime in 2019. The sound of “Shelter” should be familiar to anyone who listened to Broken Bells’ self-titled debut from 2010. Burton’s jazz-inflected drums and synth swells support Mercer’s airy vocals, which soar toward resolution as the chorus gives way to a brief, funky guitar interlude.

But what I come back to is what Broken Bells reminds me of. Every time I hear “The High Road,” I’m lifted back to a worry-free time when I spent my days with friends not thinking about what was to come. Living far away from family and those friends has reminded me how precious that time was, and I can only hope that a decade from now, I’ll be able to have similar fond memories when I hear “Shelter.”

Until next time.

-Ian Wood