Listening Post

Let’s all have a laugh at desperation with this new song from Hamilton Leithauser and Angel Olsen

It's called 'Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)'

Some music is just winter music. Music that’s more at home in a gloomy bar than a baking hot day in a festival field.

Hamilton Leithauser makes winter music. He released his collaborative album ‘I Had A Dream That You Were Mine’ with Rostam Batmanglij (here they are talking about it) going in the colder months last year, and he’s done it again.

‘Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)’ is the first track The Walkmen frontman has shared from a new solo album from coming out in 2018. For it, he’s teamed up with Angel Olsen.

Put them together and the result is a duet that sounds like the best house band at the school prom somewhere in Smalltown America you never went to in 1958.

Leithauser has provided this explanation.

“This song is about catching yourself off guard when an emotion hits a little harder than you were ready for. It’s a desperate and funny situation. The desperation can be a little bit ridiculous, which can be a little bit funny, but it’s also desperate, so it’s agonising.”

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