First up is the fantastic "Shine Like Me," a measured, sauntering track that highlights the aforementioned changes in the band's musical make-up which stem from a shift in instrumentation, production, and vocal delivery. I've always felt Ernest's voice was a stand-out, but you can sense that comfortableness here with a lower tone to the vocals. This filters through, with the space and feel appearing in the form of some suitably drifting, smokey keys and marching percussion -- leaving the vocals to sink in perfectly. The first comparisons you might come to are slightly eclectic acts like Eels or Beck, but there's something a bit Broken Bells to it too.
I'm always interested to see where a new direction takes an act, and March's release of Cold Desire will definitely be an intriguing listen.