Peter Matthew Bauer "I Was Born in an Ashram"

Peter Matthew Bauer "I Was Born in an Ashram"
As previously reported, Walkmen bassist/organist Peter Matthew Bauer's solo debut Liberation! is set to explore spirituality, and his latest preview for "I Was Born in an Ashram" details his early days spent within a "yoga cult."

The autobiographical cut starts off with a snippet of a kid-heavy yoga chant, but quickly gets into a psychedelic, reverberated swirl of a cyclical three-chord guitar strum, the ghostly shiver of piano and tranquil "ahhs." Bauer, meanwhile, gets personal in his remembrances of statues of Shiva and other deities, ultimately making a decision to make an exit from the spiritual life ("let's leave it behind").

"I was thinking about being a teenager in an ashram every summer and the contradiction between these incredible joyous experiences that people all seemed to be having with the sort of darker shadow side of things that always seems to arise in this type of groups and places," Bauer told Esquire. "I wanted to get both those experiences happening all at once."

As previously reported, Liberation! hits North American retailers June 24 through Mexican Summer and a day earlier overseas via Memphis Industries.