When You Land Here, It's Time to Return

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When You Land Here, It's Time to Return
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Studio album by Flake Music
Released 1997
2014 (reissue)[1]
Recorded Spring 1997
Genre Indie rock, indie pop
Length 31:36
Label Omnibus Records
Aural Apothecary (reissue)
Producer Kennie Takahashi (reissue)
Flake Music/The Shins chronology
When You Land Here, It's Time to Return
Oh, Inverted World
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media 7/10 stars[3]

When You Land Here, It's Time to Return is a full-length album released by indie rock band Flake Music (now known as The Shins). The album was recorded in 1997 and subsequently released on Omnibus Records.

In a May 2009 interview with Pitchfork Media, frontman James Mercer announced plans to re-release the album on his own record label, Aural Apothecary.[1] The new version of the album has been mixed by Kennie Takahashi, best known as Danger Mouse's sound engineer. The reissue was released on CD and vinyl on November 24, 2014 in Europe and on November 25, 2014 in North America.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Spanway Hits" – 2:28
  2. "Blast Valve" – 2:56
  3. "Roziere" – 1:23
  4. "Structo" – 3:42
  5. "Candy Dish of Diamonds" – 0:51
  6. "Deluca" – 4:06
  7. "Mieke" – 2:51
  8. "On the Playground in the Wind" – 2:12
  9. "The Shins" – 3:17
  10. "Faded Polaroids" – 2:34
  11. "Vantage" – 5:15


  • Before the 2014 reissue, the titles of tracks 5, 8, and 10 were unknown, and not listed on any official release of the album. They were typically left blank or listed as "untitled."


  1. ^ a b Phillips, Amy. "Shins' James Mercer Spills About Lineup Changes, New Album, Other Projects". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "When You Land Here, It's Time to Return". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 17 September 2011.