Muzz is the brand new project from friends and musicians Paul Banks (Interpol), Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (drummer for The Walkmen). These guys have known each other quite a long time, have made some music together in the past, and have finally decided to share their collaboration with the world. A taste of this new project can be found in this new dark, haunting new single called “Red Western Sky”. It features a brooding, folk inspired sound conjuring up images of dusty saloons and dark bars. This is the third single coming after previously released “Broken Tambourine” and “Bad Feeling”.
Put my fandom of the Walkmen aside, this new Walter Martin track is really striking. It trickles in at first, careful notes of guitar and piano just hanging out there in the air. Then Walter enters the picture, offering up a story of friendship that’s as witty as it is personal. Sure, Martin’s telling the story to a friend, but knowing that we’ve all got stories to tell long lost friends who’ve fallen out of touch makes a lasting impression. Plus, the arrangements surrounding what would be an otherwise simple tune are really special. Walter Martin is no longer a Walkmen afterthought; he’s a powerful songwriter with Reminisce Bar & Grill on its way February 16th via Ile Flottante Music.
Head Clouds is a Melbourne act fronted by Jayke Maddison, and while they’re fairly under the radar right now that’s all about to change with this track, “New Light Of The Equinox.” What starts as a stripped down indie rock song, playing on the soft vocals of Maddison and gentle guitars soon transitions into what sounds to me like a mix between Grizzly Bear and The Walkmen, which means there’s everything to love about this sweet jam. Apparently this track is from an upcoming EP that the band’s been working on for a while, so keep your ears pricked for that. You can bet I’ll be posting about it.
I probably don’t consume music the way I used to; I don’t thumb through the liner notes as often as I once did. So it should come as no surprise that I had no idea who Kevin McMahon was, though I own albums with his production all over them (Swans, Titus Andronicus, The Walkmen). He’s working on his own project, Pelican Movement, and it’s an interesting bit of work; the core of the song rests on airy vocals and a strummed acoustic guitar, but he fills the empty space with atmospherics, both discordant and harmonious, creating this huge wall of sound that’s sure to capture your attention. Look for his split 7″ with Battle Ave. today!
There’s two reasons I’m in love with this track from Barkhouse. Part of the work, particularly the drumming, reminds me of great Walkmen tracks. On the other hand there’s a Casablancas indifference that’s been recorded in the vocals. Together, the song packs this huge punch that’s fairly gritty, with just enough pop sensibility to keep listeners tapping their toes throughout the day. If you dig this song, as you should, look for an EP titled Wolves at the Wall to come your way very very soon.
Why we’re all still recovering from the sad hiatus of the Walkmen, the various members of the band all seem to have their own projects going on, such as Walter Martin. Our first taste of his up-coming work has me reminiscing about the early work of Matt Pryor’s Terrible Twos. The song is seemingly childish, in both subject matter and the way the vocals are delivered. It only seems fitting that Karen O., who did the Where the Wild Things Aresoundtrack, shows up to lend her voice to this number. I like that there’s an inner child shining through here, and possibly this album is aimed as something he can pass along to his own kid. The album is titled We’re All Young Together; it comes out on May 13th.
Fun Fest is now just a few short days away and the ATH crew couldn’t be more excited for the big event. With just those few days left, we plan on highlighting a ton more bands we’re excited about seeing this weekend. Today I give you legendary rock group The Walkmen. Follow the jump for more.
When I first got this email regarding Quentin Stoltzfus’ new project, Light Heat, the fact that he was working with some of the members of the Walkmen caught my eye. But, then I listened to the track, and realized I didn’t even need the connection due to the fact that the album is just an incredible listen through and through. There’s lots of tinkering going on during this lead single, from piano touches to non-traditional percussion, all building the perfect stage to raise the voice of Stoltzfuz. If you want an album you can listen to from start to finish, uncovering beautiful puzzle pieces along the way, then be ready for Light Heat on June 25th.
Here it is. I know you’ll hate it; I know you’ll disagree, but that’s not the point in making an arbitrary list. We here at ATH worked really hard to fit in the tastes of the four of us, and when we decided upon our Top 50, it really boied down to simple math. What albums did we love when they came out? Do we still enjoy spinning those records months later? If they’re in the Top 50, then the asnwer is probably yes. I mean, our Top 2 records came out in January, and still play a vital part in my weekly listening. There’s no disclaimer here. We are who we are, we like what we like, and we hope that’s okay with you. If not, drop us a line and let us know where we went wrong.