| May 8, 2012
The Walkmen – We Can’t Be Beat


Not long ago we got a taste of The Walkmen‘s upcoming album in the form of its title track, “Heaven.” Today the band released another cut off the album, “We Can’t Be Beat.” If the song is any indication of Heaven‘s direction, its title could not be more accurate.

“We Can’t Be Beat” starts with a slow, acoustic guitar melody, frontman Hamilton Leithauser’s distinctively sonorous vocals and soft vocal harmonies from the rest of the band, setting the tone for some decidedly reminiscent lyrics. Lines like, “Oh, golden dreams, golden dreams all lose their glow” create the feeling of remembrance, but about halfway through the track is where the listener really starts to hear the band’s nostalgia. “It’s been so long, been so long/But I made it through,” sings Leithauser against a slow tambourine beat, triumphantly drawing out the notes as he sings, “We’ll never leave, oh/We can’t be beat, oh.” Against a steadily plucked guitar and jingling tambourine, the lyrics certainly ring true for a band over ten years in the making.

Check out summer tour dates for The Walkmen on the band’s website. Heaven drops May 29th on Fat Possum.

STREAM: The Walkmen – “We Can’t Be Beat”