Make NPR World Café’s Top 10 Album Of The Year & Pitchfork Media’s Top 10 Performance Of The Year
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Pitchfork Media (Best New Music/8.5) : “This is the sound they’ve reached for since the very beginning, and they’ve never played it as gracefully or confidently as they do here http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/142903-the-walkmen-you
NPR All Songs Considered Previews “If Only It Were True” : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9369
New York Times, Live Review (Nate Chinen) – “… A terriffic new album. “You & Me” signals more than a return to typographically brisk conjunctive clauses: it’s The Walkmen’s sharpest work since “Bows & Arows”, and in some ways an even better record. And the band shows perspective as well as purpose”.
The Onion A.V Club (Grade A) : “This is an album about growing up. When Leithauser sings, “You keep replaying through the days / That have brought you to this place / What happened to you?” in “The Blue Route,” it hits home like a 30th birthday-and as the standout “In The New Year” points out, realizing “It’s all over anyhow” can be invigorating, a way of readying oneself for the next, far more interesting chapter http://www.avclub.com/content/music/the_walkmen
Time Out New York – “Though critically praised as one of those “The” bands bands bringing real rock and roll back to the mean streets of a wildly gentrified New York City”.
Rolling Stone – “…stoked to get an early listen to their killer upcoming disk, You & Me which has an equally awesome banger “In the New Year”.
Spin (4 Stars) – “Indie rock luminaries craft an intimate sound with new full-length… The album bordering on retro sees singer Hamilton Leithauser’s vocals in a new light, at times channeling those of Robert Plant, and others, Bob Dylan, especially with “In The New Year”.
|The music that inspired The Walkmen to compose You and Me follows in a tradition of song writing that goes back to early rock ‘n’ roll: the intimacy and energy of Elvis Presley’s and Buddy Holly’s early recordings, and the massive voice and orchestration of Roy Orbison. And it carries on through people like Bob Marley and Randy Newman and on to bands like The Pogues and The Modern Lovers – the sort of songs that are very much a product of their time and place while firmly rooted in tradition. The vocals were performed live right in the room with the full band, and sometimes a horn section too.With some romance and drama, You and Me harnesses a sense of classic live-band production into meticulously constructed, unique-sounding rock songs. The sound would definitely not be mistaken for old, but it would be impossible to ignore the most timeless influences. You and Me offers a distinctive twist to the”Walkmen” sound of their first three records. Each song shows focus, and an up-beat enthusiasm apparent in all lyrics, music, and performances. It is a long record, clocking in at just under an hour, and it presents a wide range of ideas. The pacing is very important, as the band felt it was essential to set the right tone, and show each song in its proper light.
Writing and recording of You and Me happened over a vibrant and rigorous 2-year period, during which the members of The Walkmen were split between Philadelphia and New York. The band rode China Town busses five days a week to work in two small rehearsal spaces (an old nightclub in Chelsea, New York and a warehouse in Fish Town, Philadelphia) to freeze by the kerosene heater in the winter, and sweat it out in the summer. By the time of the record’s pressing there were over four hundred cast-off 8-track tapes littering both spaces.
The song “I Lost You” was the first major breakthrough, and inspired many songs to follow. Maroon was teaching himself the viola and trumpet at the time, and the song was the culmination of many 8-track experiments. The new warmth and romance in the music seemed to beg for the same from the lyrics, so the cold and stand-offish tone that had run a-ground in recent years was abandoned for a more personal and real approach. “I Lost You’s” strange pacing, and the way in which both the music and the lyrics together pushed towards an Orbison-like crescendo, was the new direction everyone had hoped for. Songs like “Red Moon”, “On the Water”, “If Only it Were True”, and “In the New Year” were soon to follow.
The album was recorded in two installments – the first at Sweet Tea studios in Oxford, Mississippi (where they had worked on Bows and Arrows) with engineer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Hold Steady, Sonic Youth) and in a couple of sessions in New York’s Gigantic Studios (built by Phillip Glass) with engineer Chris Zane, who also produced Les Savy Fav, Asobi Seksu, White Rabbits and who the boys consider “the best f@#king engineer in the world” and a “f@#king god-send”.
You and Me is a solid and complex showcase of inspired songwriting. Romantic and celebratory, this is the sound of The Walkmen returning to classic form.
West Coast Dates
w/ Beach House supporting
1/19: Belly up, San Diego
1/20: Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
1/21: Fillmore, San Francisco
1/23: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
1/24: Neumos, Seattle
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