Sad news for Walkmen fans came at the end of last year when the garage rock veterans announced an indefinite hiatus. The blow was made softer though with the announcement of solo albums from Hamilton Leithuaser and Walter Martin over the last couple of weeks. Today, bassist Peter Matthew Bauer follows his band mates’ example with the announcement that his own solo record, Liberation! will arrive June 24 via Mexican Summer.
Along with details of the release, Bauer shared the first single off of the album, titled “Latin American Ficciones.” The tone of the track feels very familiar, marked by the same dirty guitar chords and accelerated tempo that defined so many Walkmen hits. Bauer’s vocals are a slightly sweeter replacement to Leithuaser’s gritty drawl but so far the bassist proves a more than worthy singer.
Listen to “Latin American Ficciones” below, and also check out the Liberation! tracklist.
Peter Matthew Bauer–Latin American Ficciones
01. I Was Born in an Ashram
02. Latin American Ficciones
03. Philadelphia Raga
04. Fortune Tellers
05. Shiva the Destroyer
07. Scientology Airplane Conversations
08. Istanbul Field Recording
09. Irish Wake in Varanasi (For Big Pete Devlin)
10. Shaved Heads & Pony Tails
11. You Are The Chapel