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Hamilton Leithauser

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with Lucy Dacus
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album of songs Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam wrote and recorded together between July 2014 and February 2016. In the spirit of collaborative albums, not unlike those of David Byrne and Brian Eno, each musicians individuality remains in tact, while in fact, on this record, both Hamiltons identity as a singer and Rostams as a producer seem to reach new heights.This was a record Id been wanting to make for at least a decade Rostam says, As a fan of Hamiltons voice in the Walkmen Id been wanting to capture it in ways it hadnt been captured beforeto make songs with him that placed the crooner right beside the howler, the screamer beside the whispererto try to leave no stone unturned in terms of how we should approach the delivery of a song. And also to try to push his voice outside of any musical context it had lived in before. Says Leithauser, Rostams one-man-band process is so fundamentally different from the way Ive always written songs, and its very impressive. We had no idea what kind of music we were going to makewe actually didn't know we were working on an album at firstbut unexpected things kept falling into place. We were writing and recording everything simultaneouslyit was flat-out inspiring just to be there.Many of these songs seem to take place in a memory of New Yorks past, or wading through the waist high waters in a half-submerged New York of the future. Yet what unites them is that they tell storiesI Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album, a collection of songs yes, but also a collection of narratives. The Brides Dad faithfully recounts an unexpected (an probably uninvited) guest at a friends recent wedding; You Aint That Young Kid follows the wistful narrator through a night of lost love and transformed resolve.From the doo-wop of When the Truth is to the country pedal steel of The Morning Stars; from the piano and organ alchemy of the Band in A 1000 Times, to the Leonard Cohen-esque Spanish triplets of In a Black Out; the album harnesses the exploding musical styles of midcentury Americawhich, when melded with the warbled 1980s analogue synthesizers of You Aint That Young Kid, the ultramodern sub bass of Sick as a Dog, the intimate falsetto of 1959, and the raucous bar-room chorus of Rough Goingsparks an entirely unexpected and innovative style.

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