Following the September release of the absolutely fantastic album You & Me, The Walkmen return with what may just be the greatest song from the band to date, new single In The New Year. The band received national plaudits following the release of album number five, and it is no wonder that there is such a buzz surrounding the New York rockers right now.
Hamilton Leithauser’s dark (yet absolutely awe-inspiring) vocal abilities make this song truly great. The driving synth and jittery drumming carries the melody excellently through the ascending chorus, allowing Leithauser to dictate force and passion through the power of his remarkable voice.
The Walkmen are renowned for their ability to create songs of great magnitudes and atmosphere, and In The New Year is an excellent example of masters at work. Leithauser’s sings “I know that it’s true / It’s gonna be a good year”, and with the kind of brilliance shown in the new single, and undeniably evident on You & Me, you would be foolish to disagree.