Ten years after The Walkmen‘s debut album, the lauded New York quintet is slated to release its latest effort, Heaven, on June 5th via Fat Possum/Bella Union. And as with many bands ten years in the making, the youthful moodiness and naivety has been replaced with a more mature, seasoned sound fit for the grown men and fathers they’ve all become. The album’s first single and title track, “Heaven,” features bright, elated guitar melodies, toe-tapping drums, and an infectious chorus of “Remember, remember/All we fight for,” that is just begging to be stuck in your head for days. It may have been a decade since the band’s first album, but if “Heaven” is any indication, the Walkmen are only steadily improving with lots more to offer as accomplished vets.
Produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band Of Horses), the bands sixth album promises a “bigger, more generous statement,” as reported by frontman Hamilton Leithauser, even featuring Fleet Foxes’ frontman Robin Pecknold on two tracks. And if you’re looking forward to hearing some of the new material live, The Walkmen will be headlining The National-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry on May 3rd, as well as supporting Florence And The Machine‘s North American tour in July.
STREAM: The Walkmen – “Heaven”