James Mercer's band The Shins began as a side project of his then primary group, Flake Music. The Albuquerque, New Mexico band was more collaborative than The Shins, and was active for much of the 1990's. They only released one full-length album, When You Land Here It's Time To Return, in 1997. Because of the success of The Shins (and another Mercer project, Broken Bells), interest remains high in Flake Music. The album's songs, remixed and reissued now on the Sub Pop label, are enjoyable guitar-based indie pop.