Music at Mars Hill: The Shins Offer a Renewed Sense of Optimism

Music at Mars HillĀ is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Most thought this album would never come out. It's been five years since Wincing the Night Away and frontman James Mercer had repeatedly reinforced those doubts in interviews. However, now we've got Port of Morrow, the band's fourth studio album. Musically, it sounds very much like The Shins. Simple songs, acoustic guitars, and Mercer's unique … [Read more...]