As a big fan of blue-eyed soul, and a big fan of rhythmic, shimmering indie rock, I love me some of New York City's The Walkmen, so this comes as particularly good news: The quintet will return on June 5 with Heaven, their seventh full-length album. That's a bold title, but I'm confident it'll deliver—their last album, 2010's Lisbon, sure did. Plus: A guest spot from Fleet Foxes frontbeard Robin Pecknold on "No One Ever Sleeps."
According to Pitchfork, the band recorded with indie rock producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, the Shins, Modest Mouse) at his rural Bear Creek Studios outside Seattle. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser said, "The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone. We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement." I like generous!
The band released a trailer for the new album, too, which, honestly, makes me pretty stoked for the album. It's all arty and warm and fuzzy, and the music sounds great. Ah, hear that? That's that indie blue-eyed soul, mmmhmmmm.