New York indie rock greats The Walkmen – perhaps best known for their intense 2004 hit ‘The Rat‘ – are set to release their seventh LP, Heaven, on May 29. We’ve already heard the terrific title track and it’s gentle B-side ‘The House You Made’ (see below), and now thanks to NPR you can stream the entire album. Following their superb 2010 album Lisbon, Heaven finds the group continuing to refine and mature their sound, increasingly becoming classy elder statesmen of indie rock (much like their tourmates The National). Hamilton Leithauser and co. remain masters of the dramatic slow-burn (‘Line by Line’; ‘No One Ever Sleeps’; ‘Southern Heart’), but they can also pull off upbeat numbers (‘The Love You Love’; ‘Heaven’) and rousing ballads (‘We Can’t Be Beat’, featuring Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold on backing vocals) with consummate skill and ease. Heaven is an elegant, rich album from a band at the top of their game – always evolving and growing ever wiser over their 10 years – and it may just be their finest achievement to date.
Stream Heaven below (via NPR).
Listen to ‘The House You Made’ below.
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