Walter Martin (of The Walkmen) Announces New Album, Performs New Songs on Tiny Desk
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:50:30
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Today, Walter Martin (of The Walkmen) announced his forthcoming album, Reminisce Bar & Grill. His fourth solo record since The Walkmen announced their hiatus in 2013, Reminisce Bar & Grill is set to be released in 2018 via Ile Flottante Music. He also performed on NPR's Tiny Desk, debuting two new songs from the upcoming album: "I Went Alone On A Solo Australian Tour" and "Me & McAlevey."
Unlike his two award-winning kids records, 2014's We're All Young Together and 2017's My Kinda Music, the subject of Reminisce Bar & Grill has shifted. On the forthcoming LP, Martin tackled the subject of his own adulthood.
Reminisce Bar & Grill is one that might throw fans of his two award winning kids' records (2014's We're All Young Together and 2017's My Kinda Music) for a loop. Listeners will still recognize the same affable narrator and quirky musical style as his previous solo work, but here the subject matter is shifted dramatically. With frankness and poignancy, Martin, now a 43-year-old married man with two young children, squarely tackles the subject of adulthood — specifically, his own.
Walter said in a statement, "I think this is my mid-life crisis album. These days my friends and I all seem to be thinking the same dark thoughts — 'What the hell am I doing? What the hell's going on? I'm lost. I'm running out of time and I'm doing everything wrong. And I'm probably dying.' This is definitely an insane period," he continues, "but most of the time I kind of love it."
He said of his new project, "I wanted this album to be an entertaining discussion of marriage, fatherhood, work, fear, and weakness. I'm definitely influenced by Woody Allen movies. No matter how serious or romantic or dark his story may be, there's always a strong undercurrent of comedy."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff