Back in November of last year, the long-standing much-beloved New York indie rock band The Walkmen formally announced that they are going on an “extreme hiatus” after more than a decade of constant touring and great music. Fans of the band were understandably aghast with the possible loss of the band, not knowing whether extreme here means permanent or not. The loss is especially painful for those love great rock and roll music as the shifting music landscape means that The Walkmen have been one of the last standing bands who play straight-forward indie rock these past few years.
Thankfully thought, various members of the band have already immediately announced that they they have delved into solo projects. Most prominent of these is leadman and face of the of The Walkman, Hamilton Leithauser, who has announced he is working on his debut record Black Hours.
In a lot of ways, Leithauser going solo does make a lot of sense. Known for wearing full suits and his crooning voice during live shows, Hamilton Leithauser has always demanded attention and the spotlight. His looks, mannerisms, and voice all convey an image that makes you think of him as a modern day Dean Martin. In Black Hours, Leithauser has taken that image and fully embraced it. Featuring collaborations with Vampire Weekend‘s including Rostam Batmanglij and the Dirty Projectors‘ Amber Coffman among many others, Black Hours is Hamilton Leithauser at his slow-burning soulful best. The new music may not replace the jangly rocking uneasiness of The Walkmen, but it showcases a different style for Leithauser and one that he has always seemed ready to play.
Watch the video for lead single Alexandria embedded below.
Hamilton Leithauser is coming to St Louis. He will opening for Ray La Montagne at The Fabulous Fox on 6/18 (tickets here)
Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours comes out 6/3 via Ribbon Music (order here)