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Peter Matthew Bauer

Liberation


When liberation comes to mind what do you think about Freedom Emancipation The removal of restrictions When you notice that Liberation is the title of Peter Matthew Bauer's debut solo album such questions will inevitably arise What's he got to be liberated from apart from 13 years as a member of The Walkmen That's not it at all says Peter of his tenure in the beloved NYC band which has now broken up in his words for good We're all friends but it was time to call it a day Rather Bauer uses Liberation as an opportunity to welcome the rest of the world into his personal history of a childhood spent living in ashrams and a life shaped by the constant presence of religion and mythology amidst uncertainty It's a bold bracing collection of songs for the mind body and spirit with the power to grab you and shake you out of your environment What he's learned and what he imparts both on the title track and across the eleven songs that make up Liberation is a riot of experiential notions Liberation as the idea of the record relates to belief in its various incarnations In a way I'm trying to poke fun at it this Western idea of heaven this Eastern idea that it will take a hundred lifetimes or a thousand lifetimes to get somewhere better You can be mad about these things but you can also arrive at some sort of strange joyful experience right now without believing anything The constant changes in scenery that inspired Peter Bauer to write this record highlight a greater truth about the songs on Liberation that they exist on multiple levels they take on meanings other than their intention the moment they left the studio joined by what he's phrased in the record's finale as the mystery of of it all Conceived largely on a sojourn all across Europe following the dissolution of the Walkmen Liberation was recorded at a factory space in the Port Richmond neighbourhood of Philadelphia with friends such as Quentin Stoltzfus Christopher Colbert Matt Oliver and former bandmates Hamilton Leithauser and Matt Barrick taking part in the recording and mixing All of this work accounts for Liberation's saturated homemade feel as Peter's music fuses a wide swath of influences and technique into an assured anthemic statement in the palette of rock 'n' rollLP with Download and housed in Gatefold Sleeve

Tracklist
  • I Was Born in an Ashram
    Latin American Ficciones
    Philadelphia Raga
    Fortune Tellers
    Shiva the Destroyer
    Liberation!
    Scientology Airplane Conversations
    Istanbul Field Recordings
    Irish Wake in Varanasi (For Big Pete Devlin) Shaved Heads and Pony Tails You Are the Chapel

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