We Can’t Be Beat - The Walkmen
Album - Heaven
Here’s that new Walkmen album, as promised. It’s a pretty relaxed one, with a much cleaner sound than their previous albums. The band never seem to progress, but frankly, they plateaued at a pretty damn good level. No stand out tracks beyond the first track so far, but it’s interesting to think this is still the same band that belted out seminal teenage hits like The Rat and Little House Of Savages. Almost every single one of their songs stands out as a timeless treat, something you can imagine being played by an undervalued house band at an East Coast American high school prom, or bowling alley, or ballroom. Somewhere still relying on a mirror-ball for scatter-shot ambience.
They seem to have nailed the East Coast preppy vibe in a way that is nowhere near as cloying and short-lived as Vampire Weekend. They’re like the children of the protagonists in a Richard Yeats novel grew up and formed a band.
(Source: Spotify, via omglolrofl)