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    Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:44:10

    The Walkmen's Walter Martin to Release "We're All Young Together" - Listen to new song "Sing to Me" featuring Karen O.

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    We're all young in some form or another, be it actual age or our hearts.

    On May 13, Walter Martin of The Walkmen will release his debut solo album We're All Young Together via Family Jukebox.

    "I'm calling it a family record and I tried to fill it with warmth and humor because that's the kind of art I like -- stuff that makes everyone feel welcome," he said. "To me, it's a serious record disguised as a 'not serious' record."

    We love when music makes us feel welcome and we love serious records disguised as 'not serious' records.

    Martin, multi-instrumentalist in The Walkmen, conceived the album around the time The Walkmen were finishing their 2012 album Heaven and his wife was pregnant with their first child.

    With fatherhood looming on the horizon, Martin felt it was time to challenge himself a bit. He had co-written songs for the band since they had formed in 2000 and now it was time to write something for himself.

    "I began to imagine a record I really wanted to hear: something new and original that captured the essence of early rock 'n' roll - innocent but mischievous, romantic but funny, and unabashedly sweet," he said. "It wasn't that I wanted to write songs to suit my new situation as a parent, it was more that parenthood made relevant writing the kind of songs I've always loved most."

    The album features guest appearances by Karen O and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Matt Berninger of The National, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kat Edmonson, The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser and Matt Barrick, and more.

    With all of this intel in mind, listen to the romantic "Sing to Me" featuring Karen O below.

    What did you think of the Walter Martin x Karen O duet?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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