The Walkmen Gearing Up for "Relaxed" New Album

The Walkmen Gearing Up for 'Relaxed' New Album
It's only been a year since the Walkmen released Lisbon, but the moody New York-based indie rockers have already made serious headway on writing the follow-up. Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser revealed that the band have already begun recording a whopping 18 songs.

"We're able to keep a relaxed pace to really loud rock songs. I'm hoping to have a relaxed feel on the record," the singer said.

The sessions are being helmed by indie super-producer Phil Ek, who has previously worked with Fleet Foxes, the Shins, Stephen Malkmus, Band of Horses and many more.

"We had him come out to this studio that's a friend of a friend's in Trenton, NJ and it was four days of recording. We worked on what ended up being 18 songs," Leithauser said. Ek later signed on to produce the entire album.

The band hope to wrap up recording by early 2012. There's no word as to exactly when the LP will arrive on shelves, but it's safe to say that Walkmen fans won't have long to wait before getting their next fix.

Before the Walkmen get to work on finishing the album, they will tour the U.S. with Fleet Foxes. See the schedule over here.