Following his band The Walkmen entering a period of “extreme hiatus” in 2014, frontman Hamilton Leithauser struck out on a solo career. He didn’t leave his former bandmates behind, however, as guitarist Paul Maroon played a big role in his solo debut, Black Hours. Now, the pair have teamed up once again on a new collaborative LP, Dear God, and they’re willing to deliver it to you themselves.
Dear God is available only on vinyl and only through Leithauser’s Etsy page, where they’re also selling a deluxe version. By “deluxe,” they really mean the exact same version as the regular vinyl, only this one will be hand delivered by one of the musicians. Yes, Leithauser will bring copies around the greater New York area while Maroon will drop some off around DC and Baltimore. Pre-orders for what is listed as “probably an extremely limited edition” are going on now, and will be delivered near the end of August.
Credited to both artists, the record is the result of the two having “exchanged songs every couple days for over 15 years now,” Maroon told A.V. Club. He continued, “There are probably about 500 of them, often just one instrument with singing. Their mood is different from any record we’ve been a part of, pretty quiet and pretty lonely sounding.” He continued, “For one reason or another, we’ve kept these recordings to ourselves. Dear God is made up of our best songs from the past year, kept in their original form.”
The 13-track record features four cover songs, including one of the title track by VF Stewart. They also tackle Don Gibson’s “Just One Time”, Will Oldham’s “Trudy Dies”, and Tom Paxton’s “Annie’s Going to Sing Her Song”. It’s previewed by the sparse, piano-led single “Proud Irene”. Take a listen below.
Dear God Tracklist:
01. Proud Irene
02. Utica Ave.
03. Trudy Dies (Will Oldham cover)
04. Light Sleeper
05. Dad is Drunk
06. Annie’s Going to Sing Her Song (Tom Paxton cover)
07. Two Dark Summers on Long Island
08. Just One Time (Don Gibson cover)
09. How and Why?
10. Your Swingin’ Doors
11. I Never Should Have Left Washington, DC
12. Loyalty Road
13. Dear God (VF Stewart cover)