The Shins return with new synth-heavy track ‘The Great Divide’

First new material since 2018's The Heart's Worm

Albuquerque, New Mexico-born indie outfit The Shins have returned with their first new song in two years, “The Great Divide.” It marks the first new material since 2017’s Heartworms and its 2018 collection of “flipped versions” of those same songs, The Heart’s Worm.

Check out “The Great Divide” below.

The Shins also unveiled a “flipped version” of the new song, available exclusively via Amazon Music.

“When the Shins do a ‘flipped’ version of a song, the goal is always to re-approach the production aesthetic and show a different side to the piece,” frontman James Mercer explained. “The idea is that a song properly written can be framed in many different contexts and still remain engaging. Yuuki Matthews, Jon Sortland and I sat down and talked about how we could change things up. The original idea was to treat it like a piano ballad but that soon gave way to Yuuki‘s moody post new wave treatment. I immediately loved it and so the direction was established. When we flip a song correctly you should have a hard time picking which version you like best!”