Best known as the bassist of The Walkmen (on indefinite hiatus), Peter Matthew Bauer has steadily built a strong catalogue all his own. His latest album is sure to be his most high profile to date, and surely his most fully realized. Flowers, due out on September 23, finds him reaching new sonic heights, layered in ways that remind of his band while also feeling entirely his own.
For a taste of the album, today he’s shared “Miracles”, a track that begins with gentle strumming and his voice, only to expand with grand flourishes (including horns provided by the Westerlies) and heartfelt pain at the changes in life.
Speaking on the track, Bauer shares, “‘Miracles’ is a big piece of this record and probably the most straightforward, folk style song I’ve ever written. It covers a lot of themes from the record all at once. It’s both looking back at the strangeness of growing up, wandering an old railroad bridge with your friends and then jumping time to the present, wandering around downtown Los Angeles in the pandemic. For me, I guess it’s expressing a lot of the fear and decay of the present time. I finished writing it in December 2021 on Christmas Day.“