How to preorder Broken Bells’ Into The Blue on vinyl: Release date revealed

Bruno Cooke August 10, 2022
How to preorder Broken Bells’ Into The Blue on vinyl: Release date revealed
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Broken Bells unveiled some key details about their upcoming 2022 album Into The Blue today (August 10, 2022), including its release date and how to preorder it on vinyl.

The duo, which comprises James Mercer (of The Shins fame) and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), has been teasing a comeback since 2018, Pitchfork adds

Their second and most recent album, After The Disco, came out in 2014.

Here’s what we know about Broken Bells’ new album, including release date and track list, and most importantly how to preorder it on vinyl. 

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How to preorder Broken Bells’ Into The Blue on vinyl today

Broken Bells announced on Twitter today (Wednesday, August 10, 2022) that their new single, Saturdays, is out now.

They also revealed the release date of their 2022 album Into The Blue. It will come out on October 7.

But most importantly, for some readers at least, is the link to preorder the vinyl. To be among the first to get your hands on a vinyl pressing of Into The Blue, go via the Broken Bells Linktree to the band’s Feature FM webpage and click Pre-Order.

Doing so will take you to vendor KF-Merch, where you’ll have the option to preorder a limited edition vinyl LP of Broken Bells’ Into The Blue for the price of $35. Note: there is a limit of two copies per customer. The product will ship around October 4, 2022.

Track list revealed

Mercer and Burton also unveiled the track list for their newest work. 

On Side A of the vinyl of Broken Bells’ new album will be the first four tracks: Into The Blue, We’re Not In Orbit Yet…, Invisible Exit and Love On The Run.

Side B will have five tracks: One Night, Saturdays, Forgotten Boy, The Chase and Fade Away.

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In terms of what the physical vinyl record will look like, the KF-Merch website has the following information. It will be a limited edition 12-inch pressing on light blue opaque vinyl, with a “hot pink and black splatter” effect.

It will come in gatefold packaging featuring an “exclusive foil overlay pink orb” on the cover. For those in the UK wanting to buy a copy of the vinyl, Kung Fu Nation ship across the Atlantic – but as one Twitter user observes, the cost of shipping is “not pretty.”

Can you also pre-save the album on Spotify, Apple Music etc?

Yes. The Broken Bells Feature FM webpage contains links to pre-save Into The Blue on Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music.

You can also pre-add it to Apple Music. 

The album contains nine tracks, the sixth of which is available now to stream via the band’s YouTube channel. Watch the official video for Saturdays below.

Already the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. “The Bells never disappoint,” writes one fan. “They are literally one of the most incredible bands.” The album’s second track, We’re Not In Orbit Yet… premiered on June 28, 2022. Listen here.

When was their last release?

Broken Bells have released two albums so far, since Brian Burton and James Mercer started working together in 2008.

Their eponymous debut came out in March 2010 via Columbia. After The Disco followed almost four full years later via the same record label. Both performed well, but not outstandingly, in domestic and international charts. 

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It has therefore been more than eight years since the band produced a full length studio album. They have released singles in that period, however. It’s That Talk Again came out in 2015, Shelter in 2018 and Good Luck in 2019.

In 2011, they received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. The Black Keys won with Brothers.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.