If you are looking for the infectious outbursts and pop ballads of The Shins from Garden State, then you may be a little surprised by what you find on Port of Morrow, released March 20, 2012. But if you’ve been listening to indie music since then, you won’t be. Indie music along with our world has grown a lot since the first decade of the new millennium. It now competes with dubstep and other electronic genres or embraces and melds with them, becoming chillwave. Mercer, as referenced in the title of album’s single, “Simple Song” has simplified his song-writing style. The brilliant ramblings of a post-adolescent coming to terms with the world have matured into something slower, cleaner, and less angsty. The result is a more folksy sound reminiscent of Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues. At its best, Port of Morrow, produces great sing-a-long tunes that resonate with an audience whose angst has also tempered into something more like disillusioned acceptance.
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