Former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and singer-songwriter Angel Olsen have teamed up for a new single, “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger),” Leithauser’s first on his new label Glassnote Records.
The song, which features vocals traded back and forth between both singers, was produced by Leithauser, who’s last release was his collaboration with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, 2016’s I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.
“This song is about catching yourself off guard when an emotion hits a little harder than you were ready for,” Leithauser says of the new single in a press release. “It’s a desperate and funny situation. The desperation can be a little bit ridiculous, which can be a little bit funny, but it’s also desperate, so it’s agonizing. I thought ‘Wild Hunger’ should be delivered with huge passion and energy, and I needed a fierce and booming voice as a counterbalance. Luckily, I got my first choice: Angel Olsen.”
Listen to “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” below. Leithauser promises more music through Glassnote in 2018, and after his appearance at Austin City Limits this weekend, he will embark on a solo tour kicking off October 18 at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club.