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Peter Matthew Bauer - Liberation!

Peter Matthew Bauer

Record Label: Mexican Summer
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Review by John Noyd
June 2014

Rising blithely from last year’s announcement of an extreme hiatus, The Walkmen’s bassist and organist Peter Matthew Bauer burns away the past; savoring the wreckage to step into the spotlight with the aptly titled, “Liberation!” Thirteen years in one band has taught Bauer both to follow his muse and interpret his heroes as sneering drawls and death-rattle sprawl bind into murky mosaics; vaguely familiar but quietly different originals retro-fitted to blaze an electric trail weaving deep self-reflection into focused social outrage. Cementing unrepentant sentences in savage compassion and ragged swagger spiritual lyrics swipe at hypocrisy and illusion while a troubadour-infused imagination fuels a swinging indie-rock buffet of jangly hooks and restless textures. In his only Wisconsin appearance, the smarmy swami visits Madison’s The Frequency July16th.

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