Monday, March 3, 2014

Hamilton Leithauser's First Solo Single: "Alexandra"

Well, I certainly don't need to waste any more of my breath explaining my dismay over The Walkmen's "extreme hiatus" - but I can always find some extra wind to air how thrilled I am now that a few of the bandmates have decided to release lovely new tunes.

Hamilton Leithauser, the formidable frontman of the recently disbanded NYC rock group, was immediately marketed as a forthcoming solo act after the band issued their sad announcement. If anything, it was a little consolation to know the voice that anchored the famed foursome hadn't crooned his last croon.

And, I have to say, I am so jazzed on the quick turnaround and outstanding first single. Leithauser released his first undeniably likable track last week, titled "Alexandra" - showcasing that the best of his skilled pipes might be yet to come. On "Alexandra" (which was accompanied by an equally charming video), Leithauser's Sinatra inspiration is obvious; he belts high above the uppity clap beat and happy harmonies, suited up like ol' blue eyes himself. It's perfection, and four days of straight listens later, I still can't get enough.

His debut solo LP Black Hours will be released on May 5 and will feature guest appearances from Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, Morgan Henderson of Fleet Foxes and Amber Coffman from Dirty Projectors. See you then, Hamilton.

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