We had previously met Hamilton Leithauser, the former powerhouse leadman of The Walkman, while filming with his former bandmate, Walter Martin, and knew one day it would be great to link up with him. It was a Friday afternoon in mid-may when Hamilton and Paul Maroon, also of The Walkmen, were in Philadelphia to play a show opening up for Lord Huron as Hamilton's solo project.
They mentioned that they were working on something new together and would need a piano for the session. Just by knowing his vocal ability and their overall vibe, we immediately thought of the University of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia because of their beautiful recital halls. There, Hamilton & Paul performed "Proud Irene" from their new record as a duo, Dear God.