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Last year, New York’s The Walkmen announced their quasi breakup (“extreme hiatus“) and three of the band’s members are already going solo. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser has his solo debut Black Hours out since last week, Walter Martin’s We’re All Young Together dropped in May and Peter Matthew Bauer’s Liberation! is scheduled for release later this month.
Black Hours was released in the UK/Europe on June 02, 2014 via Ribbon Music. North American release followed on June 03. The album is available as download, CD, 12″ vinyl LP and limited edition Deluxe 180g Heavyweight Double LP (incl. bonus disc and download code). You can buy digitally on iTunes (Standard/Deluxe) or order your physical copy of Black Hours in all versions directly from Ribbon Music.
The songs on Black Hours are written by Leithauser together with The Walkmen’s keyboardist Paul Maroon who also contributed the keys on the recording. The album is produced by Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij, he also co-wrote two of the album songs. Dirty Projectors vocalist Amber Coffman is singing backing vocals on Black Hours and the album features further contributions by Fleet Foxes’ Morgan Henderson, The Shins’ Richard Swift, Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser’s first band The Recoys and more.
Listen above to an album sampler including the previous singles 11 O’Clock Friday Night and Alexandra as well as the new one 1 Retired. Hamilton Leithauser is currently touring the USA and will be playing two European festivals in August. You can check out the upcoming dates below and watch the Paul Maroon directed official video for lead single 11 O’Clock Friday Night.
01. 5 AM
02. The Silent Orchestra
04. 11 O’Clock Friday Night
05. St Mary’s County
06. Self Pity
07. I Retired
08. I Don’t Need Anymore
09. Bless Your Heart
10. The Smallest Splinter
11. Waltz [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]
12. In Our Time (I’ll Always Love You) [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]
13. Utrecht [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]
14. I’ll Never Love Again [Deluxe Edition Bonus Track]
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 18 Jun 2014 // St. Louis, MO, USA // Fox Theatre *
Thu 19 Jun 2014 // Evanston, IL, USA // Space
Fri 20 Jun 2014 // Lincoln, NE, USA // Pinewood *
Sun 22 Jun 2014 // Nashville, TN, USA // 3rd & Lindsley
Mon 23 Jun 2014 // Louisville, KY, USA // Zanzabar
Tue 24 Jun 2014 // Kansas City, MO, USA // Starlight *
* w/ Ray LaMontagne
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
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