James Mercer and Danger Mouse Begin Unveiling Broken Bells, Set Official Release Date for Debut LP

James Mercer and Danger Mouse Begin Unveiling Broken Bells, Set Official Release Date for Debut LP
As we previously told you, man-about-town Danger Mouse has revealed that his next collaborative effort will be with Shins front-man James Mercer. The duo have recorded a full-length album together under the name Broken Bells, and that record is set to drop in early 2010. Now, they've started promoting the record through a series of viral clues.

Pitchfork points out that the duo sent out an email written entirely in binary code. Translated into normal English, the code reads: "The high road is hard to find," which is fitting since the album's lead single is called "The High Road." Some sites are even reporting that the single is out today (December 15).

What's more exciting is that a whole crop of ads popped up across the internet showing the silhouettes of Mercer and Danger Mouse in front of a space-aged backdrop. The banners led to websites like www.oebkenllbsr.com, www.ebbelkslorn.com and www.berobrknells.com.

Each of those URLs is an anagram of the name Broken Bells, and each site contains streaming audio, presumably from the band's upcoming full-length. If you go to any of these pages and continue to hit refresh, there's a lot of material to be heard. Now, all we need is some concrete information about when the album will be dropping.

UPDATE: Columbia has confirmed that Broken Bells' self-titled release will be officially out on March 9, which, as Exclaim! reader Charles Molden points out, is the same date cleverly hidden in the photo files on the band's websites. The single, "The High Road," will be unveiled on the Broken Bells site on December 21.