WALTER MARTIN'S DEBUT SOLO ALBUM 'WE'RE ALL YOUNG TOGETHER' (out MAY 13)
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DEBUT SOLO ALBUM from SONGWRITER,
WALTER MARTIN (of THE WALKMEN)
A WILD and WONDERFUL
'ALL-AGES' ALBUM with
an ALL-STAR ROCK n ROLL CAST
Fully Illustrated album packaging by illustrator/ musician Marcellus Hall. www.marcellushall.com - see complete album illustrations at www.waltermartinmusic.com
ALBUM TRACK LISTING:
1. WE'RE ALL YOUNG TOGETHER (FEAT. ALEC OUNSWORTH)
2. WE LIKE THE ZOO (CAUSE WE'RE ANIMALS TOO) (FEAT. MATT BERNINGER)
3. I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N (FEAT. KAT EDMONSON)
4. RATTLESNAKES (FEAT. KAREN O & NICK ZINNER)
5. SING TO ME (FEAT. KAREN O)
6. THE BEATLES (WHEN RINGO SHOOK HIS MOP) (FEAT HAMILTON LEITHAUSER, NICK STUMPF, JOSH WISE & MATT IWANUSA)
7. IF I WERE A TIGER (FEAT MILAN MCALEVEY & NINA DONGHIA)
8. COSTA RICA
9. HEY SISTER (FEAT KAT EDMONSON)
10. IT'S A DREAM
On May 13, 2014 Walter Martin of the Walkmen will release his debut solo album 'We're All Young Together' (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 says. "To me it's a serious record disguised as a not serious record."
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.
Martin, multi-instrumentalist in the Walkmen, conceived of 'We're All Young Together' around the time the Walkmen were finishing their 2012 album 'Heaven' and his wife was pregnant with their first child. With fatherhood 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 says. "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."
Among the album's subjects: the virtues of rattlesnakes ("Rattlesnakes"), the not-so-surprising similarities of siblings ("Hey Sister"), and the distinguishing features of each Beatles band member ("The Beatles (When Ringo Shook His Mop)").
Phil Ek (Built To Spill, The Shins, Fleet Foxes) mixed two of the tracks and all the record's artwork was designed by Marcellus Hall, a renowned children's book illustrator and artist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and Time.
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