New Music: The Walkmen – "In the New Year"
Photo by Bryan Bruchman
“It’s all over,” Hamilton Leithauser sings, and “In the New Year” seems less about fresh starts than it is about pyrrhic victories. I want so badly for the Walkmen‘s You and Me to be the world-beater that A Hundred Miles Off wasn’t, to build up the damp alleyways and drunken revelry of Bows + Arrows into a Hold Steady-worthy constructive summer of self-loathing. “In the New Year” sounds like the first single from an album capable of being just that. Cross your fingers and finish your beers.
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