In the two months-and-change since The Walkmen announced that its members would be going on "extended hiatus," three of the band's members have announced solo efforts. The first out of the gate was co-writer and multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin.
Martin's surprising and sweet new record, We're All Young Together, is filled with catchy melodies and sing-song lyrics. Martin began writing the songs while The Walkmen were finishing its 2012 record Heaven, when he learned he was going to have a child. The experience was a liberating one, allowing Martin to make music with an unapologetic playfulness and sincerity, as heard in songs like "Hey Sister" and the altogether educational "The Beatles (When Ringo Shook His Mop)."
The album (out May 13) features guest appearances from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner, Matt Berninger of The National, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kat Edmonson, along with fellow Walkmen Hamilton Leithauser and Matt Barrick. And with lush illustrations of every song's lyric sheet by acclaimed artist and musician Marcellus Hall, We're All Young Together is an inventive, rowdy playtime for, yes, the whole family.