Black Hours

Black Hours

Music CD - 2014
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Publisher: Brooklyn, NY :, Ribbon Records,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ℗2014, ©2014
Branch Call Number: CD POP/ROCK Leithaus Black
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (42 min., 40 sec. ) ;,4 3/4 in.
audio file, CD audio, rda
digital, optical, stereo, rda


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Oct 11, 2015

The Walkmen were are one of my favorite bands of the past decade. I think I saw them live 7-8 times and they were always great. While they emerged from NYC at the end of the garage/cool New York era and they shared with their peers (Strokes, Interpol) a sharp fashion sense, they were a little more sophisticated and melodic. There was something refreshing old fashioned about them: record an album every 2 years or so, tour, repeat. They never radically changed their sound or used a hot producer, they just made great music. Hamilton Leithauser was the voice of the Walkmen and his mix of crooning and shouting was a key part of their appeal. After announcing a hiatus, Leithauser easily segued into a solo act. His debut solo album is a little more of a late night album (the title is perfect) and you can imagine him performing it in a smoky club where patrons sip Scotch. Walkmen guitarist Paul Maroon plays on the album, so the sound is similar to the Walkmen. A few tracks were produced by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. While I'm bummed the Walkmen broke up, Leithauser and Maroon haven't lost a step.


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