Hamilton Leithauser will release his first new album in four years this spring, The Loves of Your Life, out April 10 on Glassnote Records. The Loves of Your Life is Leithauser’s second solo record, following 2014’s Black Hours. The new single, “Isabella” is a splendid, playful and vocal-spinning track that leaves you wanting to hear more. The poetic verses, set against the sweet instrumentals are enchanting throughout.
Leithauser wrote and produced The Loves of Your Life in his home studio over the past three years, assembling “a collection of stories about real people he’s met over his years living in New York City,” such as his new single’s eponymous subject, “a young girl whose parents pay her Manhattan rent, and this is precisely why she can’t grow up,” per a press release. Leithauser will be supporting the album release on a spring and summer tour in Europe and the United States, that includes stops at The National’s Homecoming Festival, BottleRock Napa Valley, and Iowa’s Hinterland Music Festival.
Leithauser explains the process behind his new album’s creation in a statement, “I wrote these songs about individual people. I wrote stories and I wrote music; and then I matched them up. Not one story was originally intended for the music it ended up marrying. These are people I know, and strangers I’ve come across in the last few years. All of the stories are based on some kind of truth, but I’m not afraid to get loose with the facts. Most are both fact and fiction, and some tilt pretty far in either direction. I guess people might call this “creative nonfiction” or just “embellished stories. I wrote and recorded these songs in a studio I built for myself in New York. It’s a tight New York kind of space, and I’m jammed in with all sorts of instruments and equipment.”
The Loves of Your Life will be Leithauser’s first full-length since his 2016 collaboration with Rostam Batmanglij, the acclaimed I Had a Dream That You Were Mine. “Isabella” is the second release following the release of “Here They Come,” which then marked the singer-songwriter’s first new music since 2017 Angel Olsen collaboration “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger),” his debut release on Glassnote. Leithauser is also the former lead vocalist for the American indie rock band The Walkmen, which has been on hiatus since 2015.
The Loves of Your Life Tracklist:
01. The Garbage Men
03. Here They Come
04. Cross-Sound Ferry (Walk On Ticket)
05. Don’t Check The Score
06. Til Your Ship Comes In
07. The Stars of Tomorrow
08. Wack Jack
09. Stars & Rats
10. The Other Half
11. The Old King