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JUNE 5th (AMERICAN RELEASE?)
SAME DAY AS LIARS
just the once mind.. first impressions sounded ok, maybe not as good as the last though
but this, I'm excited about.
I think I'm going to go out to a record shop or summat and buy them on said day.
shame about the album cover though - its pretty terrible
Haven't heard the rest of it (has it leaked? I hope not), but ^this is encouraging.
Quietly becoming my favourite band, and I can never quite work out why.
Bella Union records are excited to announce that celebrated New York quintet The Walkmen will release their new album, Heaven, on 4th June 2012. The record is the band’s seventh and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band of Horses) whilst Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record.
“We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement…" When describing The Walkmen's new album, lead singer Hamilton Leithauser portrays a band hitting maturity, comfortable in its mastery after a decade together.
It's been ten years since the Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted to be part of. This spring the band played a series of 10th anniversary shows in the US that demonstrated how far they have outstripped their peers: two sets over two hours, no filler, rapturously received.
The Walkmen are the great New York band of their generation, making the best music of their career and filling their largest venues yet. Their spot at the top of the bill at May’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival, curated by The National, demonstrates the respect in which they are held by the current wave of bands making music in the city.
When renowned producer Phil Ek approached the guys last year asking if they’d like to make a record with him, they travelled to the studio he uses in the woods outside Seattle for the most intense recording sessions they had ever experienced. “There can be something brittle about our sound,” Maroon says. “He made it just a little bit warmer, a little bit stronger. When I play it in my car, it sounds strong, which I love.”
All five members of the band have kids now and if the impact of parenthood is hard to pin down in a single lyric, there is definitely a new openness and emotional honesty to the songs. Most importantly, the old gang mentality has deepened, becoming something worthwhile and lasting. “I’m very proud of what we’ve done. We’ve stayed friends and those friendships have grown,” says Bauer. “We have survival experience and real love that children generate in your life.”
Heaven is a definitive statement of purpose and commitment, from a band at the peak of its powers that is finally winning the recognition it deserves.
1. We Can't Be Beat
2. Love Is Luck
4. The Witch
5. Southern Heart
6. Line By Line
7. Song For Leigh
9. Jerry Jr.'s Tune
10. The Love You Love
12. No One Ever Sleeps
With this and Dirty Projectors, best day for new album announcements in ages. Colour me excited, Will.
Though for the last couple of album's I felt like they were underdogs... after producing two of the decade's best indie records in a row there's some pressure on them now. Lets hope they can pull it off.
should have read at: London Village Underground, Tues 12th June. Ticket price is £20 + bf, I believe.
This is a great album. Line by Line is utterly brilliant
and heartbreaker...love these guys.
a little disappointing just cos I thought with the whole vibe of the grown-up band thing, with the press release and interviews about them all being fathers now, and the photoshoots, and artwork (even though it is a little tacky) suggested something another 10/10 You & Me like masterpiece.
Really like about 70% of the album, the rest a little fillery but nothing bad, no real progression from before but they're clearly just a very professional band who can write excellent songs, and Southern Heart and the opener are both welcome. Otherwise the business as usual ones are just excellent, could listen to their guitar sound forever and that's what makes Line By Line one of their best ever songs, so great. Unsure about the simplistic lyrics at times but I think they work.
Can see it sitting alongside Bows + Arrows, Everybody.. and Lisbon in joint 2nd place, just ahead of Hundred Miles Off, which is the only album of theirs I havent truly loved.
long post. But I think they're just the best straight-up indie/guitar band around. Consistently great, more prolific than most bands with an album ever two years, quality songwriting but a distinct sound that's totally their own. Great live too. Know they get some love but not as much as The National, and that's the least they deserve
Line by Line is a beautiful track predominantly because of the way Hamiltons vocals and the guitar compliment eachother so well. Torch Song off Lisbon had the same effect.
doesn't bode well. too contented.
I can see it growing on me, because, well, it's The Walkmen. but they could do with a little bit of bad times befalling them, in the name of good art.
I thought about Lisbon but that became a great album for me. I hoping Heaven will get better after repeated listens. It better, I've tickets for their gig next week.
5. A Hundred Miles Off / Everyone Who Pretended...
4. Bows + Arrows
1. You & Me
(the album has one or two songs that are totally expendable what makes it slightly less balanced than "You and Me")
...its a very good album without quite being a great one. just feels a little too comfortable. its their Sky Blue Sky. some great great tracks surrounded by a few too many middling ones. still, i'll be going to see them on tour for sure. great live act. that voice knocks down walls.
Haven't heard Heaven yet (goddamn double bank holiday and no post, a new Walkmen album is way more important than a measly diamond jubilee), but this is the kind of impression I've been getting in the lead up to it. EXCEPT on SBS< Tweedy's voice is so lifeless and lacking in everything that was good about it before, which from the tracks that have been put out in advance of this album it doesn't sound at all a problem with Leithauser's voice, it still sounds awesome.
I don't think I'll find it "too contented" when I do get to hear it, I kinda like it when you get an album like that from a band you love (as long as the songs are still up to scratch), you get to feel happy for them having a much better life than your own.
...my SBS comment wasn't meant to be derogatory. i like that record...in exactly the same way i like Heaven. as you say, there is something very nice about a band you love reaching that certain 'contended' stage in their careers...only thing you might say is that it comes at a price...but then again, its a price both the Walkmen, and certainly Wilco, have well paid.
won't be arsed to listen to that again.