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Not wasting much time since The Walkmen announced their hiatus (and then reneged that announcement for a night), the band’s multi-instrumentalist and co-writer Walter Martin has revealed details of his debut solo outing. Entitled We’re All Young Together, the record is due out May 13th from Family Jukebox.
The label name is especially apt as the spark for the album came when Martin’s wife was pregnant with their first child. “It wasn’t that I wanted to write songs to suit my new situation as a parent,” Martin said in a press release. “It was more parenthood made relevant writing the kind of songs I’ve always loved most.” He continued, “I began to imagine a record I really wanted to hear: something new and original that captured the essence of early rock ‘n’ roll – innocent but mischievous, romantic but funny, and unabashedly sweet.”
Martin brought in the help of some big name friends for the record, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O and Nick Zinner, The National’s Matt Berninger, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth, and — proving that their are no hard feelings — The Walkmen’s own Hamilton Leithuaser and Matt Barrick.
Subject matter ranges from sibling similarities (“Hey Sister”) to a treatise on the difference amongst The Beatles (“The Beatles (When Ringo Shook His Mop)”). Our first taste of the record, however, comes in the form of the acoustic lullaby “Sing To Me”, featuring Karen O. You can take a listen below.