The Walkmen’s Peter Matthew Bauer unveils new solo project – listen

Debut album 'Liberation!' will be released on June 23

The Walkmen‘s Peter Matthew Bauer has unveiled details of his new solo project.

The bassist will release his debut solo album ‘Liberation!’ on June 23. Listen to the first track to be taken from it, ‘Latin American Ficciones’, below.

The album was recorded by Bauer, Christopher Colbert and Quentin Stoltzfus (of Light Heat & Mazarin) in Philadelphia. According to a statement, it contains mostly autobiographical songs on the subject of belief, touching on his childhood growing up Hindu Yoga cult, as well as “Scientology, the city of Philadelphia, the God Shiva, the city of Varanasi, Richard Dawkins and Jorge Luis Borges”.


One track on the album, ‘You Are The Chapel’ takes a swipe at Oasis with the lyric: “I see you looking like Oasis… I don’t know why anyone would wanna look like Oasis!”

Earler this month, The Walkmen’s frontman Hamilton Leithauser announced plans for his debut solo LP. ‘Black Hours’ is set for release on May 5 and will feature guest appearances from Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, Morgan Henderson of Fleet Foxes and Amber Coffman from Dirty Projectors.

The Walkmen are currently on “extreme hiatus”. The band formed in 2000 and have released 7 studio albums, including 2012’s ‘Heaven’. Emerging alongside The Strokes, Interpol and Yeah Yeahs as a raft of bands broke out of New York at the turn of the century, The Walkmen are best known for their song ‘The Rat’, which appeared on 2004 album ‘Bows + Arrows’.

The ‘Liberation!’ tracklisting:

‘I Was Born In An Ashram’
‘Latin American Ficciones’
‘Philadelphia Raga’
‘Fortune Tellers’
‘Shiva The Destroyer’
‘Scientology Airplane Conversations’
‘Istanbul Field Recording’
‘Irish Wake In Varanasi (For Big Pete Devlin)’
‘Shaved Heads & Pony Tails’
‘You Are The Chapel’

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