A collection of rarities and b-sides can usually be found in the back catalogue of many an aging band. Re-packaged, added content, remixes, live or demo versions are dug up from every corner of the recording studio and belted on to the original release in the hope of ringing a few more dollars out of the vintage material. Not so often, in fact barely ever, is it the norm to 'find' and package such material after just one album release. Broken Bells eponymous 2010 debut was successful in pleasing the critics, accountants and public simultaneously. Brian Burton and James Mercer combined as if they had a life time of partnership and collaboration behind them to produce one of 2010's better albums, and one that was high among the year end top 10 lists. Whilst this latest EP doesn't really represent a directors cut or special addition of the album it is still material that either didn't make the final edit or has surfaced as a bonus to other releases. As a vehicle to maintain interest in the band and show a direction and attitude that are not necessarily characteristic of the album it works well.
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