FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS:
INTO THE BLUE
“ONE NIGHT” SINGLE & VIDEO
“Spanning ’60s psychedelia, ’70s disco, ’80s synth-pop, and ’90s trip-hop, and all of it tinged with a slight dream-world surreality, Into The Blue is an atmospheric, immaculately arranged and produced collection of songs that present pop music’s past as its present—and quite possibly its future.”
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“…their moodiest trip yet, with the duo sending classic soul balladry (‘Love on the Run’) and sumptuously spooky art pop (‘We’re Not in Orbit Yet’) through a surreal prism. The album has its kitschier moments (the glam-rock-tinged ‘Saturdays’) but the overall mood suggests an alternate-dimension ‘AM Gold’ compilation: soothing and unsettling by turns.”
– New York Times Fall Preview
“…another atmospheric album to get lost in.”
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Brian Burton (AKA Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (The Shins), collectively known as Broken Bells, have finally released one of the year’s most anticipated albums: INTO THE BLUE via AWAL. The band’s third full length album — and first since 2014’s After The Disco — is available now.
Also available today is Broken Bells’ latest single, “One Night,” and its accompanying video. Written and performed entirely by James Mercer and Danger Mouse, “One Night” juxtaposes somber lyrics lamenting a past relationship with what might well be Bells’ most instantly infectious earworm to date.
The “One Night” video, the fourth in a series directed by Johnny Chew, sees Earth deemed “without form and void.” Our characters have found a new planet to inhabit, where “wedding bells still ring.” But of course, this is Broken Bells, and to them: it will all fade, if wrong or right… such is life, this you suffer through.
The many influences the two Broken Bells principals have in common make INTO THE BLUE a kaleidoscopic genre and decade spanning ode to those forebears — From The Beatles to Pink Floyd, from ‘60s psychedelia to 70s rock and AM Gold, from ‘80s New Wave to ‘90s Trip Hop… and the pair’s mutual adoration of the Elephant 6 collective. The first Broken Bells album to feature samples in addition to James and Brian’s own organic sounds, INTO THE BLUE finds Broken Bells in uncharted territory. James and Brian venture into bold new directions while retaining their signature glistening pop perfection with just a hint of the sinister.
INTO THE BLUE is available now in digital and physical configurations including a deluxe limited edition LP.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
Into The Blue
We’re Not In Orbit Yet…
Love On The Run
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Photo by Shervin Lainez & Nikki Fenix