Hamilton Leithauser’s first release on his new label Glassnote Records is a gem. “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger),” written and produced by Leithauser, features none other than Angel Olsen, and there will be more new music to come from Leithauser in 2018.
“This song is about catching yourself off guard when an emotion hits a little harder than you were ready for,” Leithauser explains. “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 agonizing.”
The singer-songwriter also describes what led him to try and recruit Olsen for the new tune: “I thought ‘Wild Hunger’ should be delivered with huge passion and energy, and I needed a fierce and booming voice as a counterbalance. Luckily, I got my first choice: Angel Olsen.”
True to Leithauser’s vision, “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” is a sweeping and theatrical ballad highlighted by lush strings, a staccato piano line, and Leithauser and Olsen’s sterling vocal performances. Olsen, in particular, is a marvel, wowing with her fluttering, full-throated vibrato.
Leithauser heads out on a headlining tour next week, accompanied by Courtney Marie Andrews. Their run starts with a Washington, D.C. show on Oct. 18 and wraps up in Portland, Ore. on Nov. 16. Leithauser will also perform at Austin City Limits’ second weekend on Oct. 13.
Leithauser recently teamed up with Rostam Batmanglij to release I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, which numbered among Paste’s favorite albums of 2016. The former Walkmen frontman released his debut solo album Black Hours in 2014 after the band went on hiatus.
Below, listen to “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” (also available via your streamer of choice here) and a Leithauser performance from the Paste Cloud. You’ll find his tour dates further down.
Hamilton Leithauser Tour Dates:
13 – Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits
18 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club *
19 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Visulite Theatre *
20 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center *
21 – Birmingham, Ala. @ The Saturn *
23 – St Louis, Mo. @ Delmar Hall *
24 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall *
26 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Ave *
27 – Chicago, Ill. @ Vic Theatre *
28 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Theatre *
30 – Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall *
01 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel *
02 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer *
03 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale *
04 – Portland, Maine @ Port City Music Hall *
09 – San Diego, Calif. @ Belly Up *
10 -Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Fonda *
11 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore *
14 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Biltmore Cabaret *
15 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune Theatre *
16 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom *
(* – with Courtney Marie Andrews)