Peter Matthew Bauer – “Philadelphia Raga”

By Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014

Of the three members of the Walkmen who have solo albums coming out in the next few months, Peter Matthew Bauer is the one who wasn’t the singer of the band and who isn’t making a kids’ album. Hopefully, then, Bauer’s solo debut album Liberation! won’t get lost in the shuffle. First single “Latin American Ficciones” was a lovely, evocative piece of work. And now he’s following it with another album track called “Philadelphia Raga,” which starts as pure Eastern-tinged instrumental mysticism before veering into atmospheric, driven, elegantly arranged singer-songwriterdom. It’s a neat trick, and you can hear it below.

Liberation! is out on 6/24 via Mexican Summer.