These drastic, but endlessly exciting, choices have resulted in several envious opportunities finding their way to Hamilton. With help from the likes of Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend and Morgan Henderson of Fleet Foxes, the album showcases incredible use of instruments from guitar to harmonica and piano to marimba.
Despite, perhaps temporarily, parting ways from The Walkmen, fellow band member Paul Maroon even contributed to Black Hours which covers just about everything on the musical spectrum. Offering sounds of one-on-one piano and vocal sessions to the polar opposite of clashing drums and downright filthy rock’n’roll, Hamilton provides the listener with intimate and carefree music – the way it should be.
We are given a glimpse of what’s to come from Hamilton throughout 2014 from his first music video for the single Alexandra that was co-written by Rostam. But of course, it’s not any old music video – oh, definitely not. It was in fact directed by the SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury award winning director Tristan Patterson.
Records from Black Hours were inspired and written in the likes of New York and LA, where Hamilton spent extensive periods of time last year in the studio perfecting his work. It is in NY where he will be performing in April to finally show the world what they’ve been missing.
With evident hard work alongside an endless network of well established songwriters and directors, both music and the videos to come from Hamilton are undoubtedly going to cause much excitement.
This is just the beginning for the newly solo artist, and the end is far from in sight for Hamilton as he treads on the fresh ground he is slowly but surely weaving out for himself.
Words: Sarah Mushet