When the Walkmen bassist Peter Matthew Bauer announced the group's "extreme hiatus" last year, he also made mention of an upcoming solo debut called Liberation! coming our way. Now, it's been revealed that his first full-length will be released in North America on June 24 through Mexican Summer and a day earlier overseas via Memphis Industries.
As previously reported, the LP is the first record on which Bauer has sung lead vocals or has written lyrics for. It was recorded in Philadelphia by Bauer, Christopher Colbert and Quentin Stoltzfus (Light Heat/Mazarin), while Walkmen vocalist Hamilton Leithauser mixed a song for the record. Drummer Matt Barrick has also apparently been playing live with Bauer.
A press release explains that the 11-song cycle is "a collection of mostly autobiographical songs on the topic of belief and its various incarnations and phenomena."
Throughout the LP, Bauer is said to weigh in on growing up in a "Hindu yoga cult," his time in Philadelphia, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and author Jorge Luis Borges. Musically, it's said to deliver "the noise of a full on rock'n'roll band."
While the album was apparently inspired by Elvis Presley, you can check out the excellent, Walkmen-esque first single "Latin American Ficciones" down below.
Liberation! will be the third solo album to arrive from a Walkmen member this year, following Leithauser's Black Hours, due May 6 through Ribbon Music, and bassist/organist Walter Martin's We're All Young Together, which drops May 13 via Family Jukebox Records.
1. I Was Born in an Ashram
2. Latin American Ficciones
3. Philadelphia Raga
4. Fortune Tellers
5. Shiva the Destroyer
7. Scientology Airplane Conversations
8. Istanbul Field Recording
9. Irish Wake in Varanasi (For Big Pete Devlin)
10. Shaved Heads & Pony Tails
11. You Are The Chapel