Stream: The Walkmen – “Heaven”

The Walkmen – Heaven (radio edit)

The Walkmen’s seventh LP, Heaven, will be released June 5th via Fat Possum/Bella Union. One of its tracks, “Heaven”, premiered today. It will sound very familiar to those who heard it live, but now we finally get a glimpse at the album, which was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band of Horses).

You do everything you can to sound different, but in the end you always sound like the band you are,” frontman Hamilton Leithauser said. “We’ve done a lot of rock in the past, and Phil has made the new stuff rock really hard.” Guitarist/pianist Paul Maroon also spoke highly of the production: ”There can be something brittle about our sound. He made it just a little bit warmer, a little bit stronger. When I play it in my car, it sounds strong, which I love.”

Here’s a video I took of a track off Heaven, “Your Southern Soul”, when the band performed for free in Hoboken on 10/16:

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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