New Music: The Walkmen – "In the New Year"

The Walkmen
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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