Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music on May 6th (North America)/May 5th (Rest of the world) - inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man. The album brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most passionate, personal and free.
Leithauser will play FOUR special shows over TWO nights at Joe’s Pub in New York City on April 15th and April 16th where Black Hours will be premiered live in all its gleaming glory. Tickets go on sale February 27th. Watch the video below for the first single “Alexandra,” which was directed by SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury award winning director Tristan Patterson. The track was co-written by Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij, the latter producing and mixing the track. It will be available as a
7" on Record Store Day (April 19th) backed with an exclusive track “In The Shallows.”
In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord, piano, bass and harmonica; Morgan Henderson from Fleet Foxes takes the marimba and upright bass, and Richard Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks (Henderson & Swift will be accompanying Leithauser on a full U.S. tour). Amber Coffman from The Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser’s first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum stool for a pair of songs.
Principal recording was done in August 2013 at Vox Studios in Los Angeles, “the oldest private studio in the world”, where Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and countless others cut demos before appearing on air at NBC studios, just across Melrose Ave.
Black Hours will be available on CD, standard and limited edition deluxe vinyl via Ribbon Music. Pre-order the album from Ribbon Music or iTunes in standard or deluxe editions and receive an instant download of “Alexandra.” The limited edition deluxe version of the album features a bonus EP of four bonus songs.