Monday, August 1, 2011

On the Water; The Walkmen

The Walkmen are an American indie rock band, with members based in New York City and Philadelphia. The band formed in 2000 with three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater (the most hyped young group that nobody has ever heard of) — Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), and Matt Barrick (drums) — and two from The Recoys — Peter Bauer (bass/organ) and Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar).¹
They prefer the sound of vintage musical instruments, particularly the upright piano, and have often recorded at Marcata Recording, a recording studio built in Harlem in 1999 by the three former members of Jonathan Fire*Eater and later relocated to upstate New York.¹

The Walkmen released seven albums in ten years of career. The only one that interests us is their fifth, You & Me, from 2008. It was well received by the critics, Pitchfork rated the album with 8,5, AllMusic gave it 4 stars out of 5.

Our whistling song is On the Water.

All the windows are glowing
The branches bending low
The skyline is swinging
Rocking back and forth
Walking down this dirt road
Watching at the sky
It's all I can do
It's all I can do

All the years keep rolling
The decades flying by
The days are long
So here's one to the pigeons
And the tugboats on the river
Here's one to you
For walking in my shoes

Oh you know I'd never leave you
No matter how hard I try
You know I'd never leave you
And that's just how it is

But Molly
She's like you
Oh the static
That is in everyone but you
Oh it's funny
To think it through
That is deep
Everyone but you