After leaving Vampire Weekend in January, Rostam Batmanglij has been on a busy schedule. He has been putting out solo singles in “EOS” and “Gravity Don’t Pull Me” as well as helping co-write Francis and the Lights and Kanye West’s “Friends.”
Batmanglij has started a new group with Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen called Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. They have issued “A 1000 Times,” their debut track under the moniker. Check it out below.
The former Vampire Weekend member was featured prominently on Black Hours, Leithauser’s 2014 solo album. In an interview with Pitchfork earlier this year, Batmanglij mentioned that an album from the new project is in the works:
“I’ve also been making a full-length record with Hamilton Leithauser, which I’m very excited about. Our plan is to release it as a duo, basically, and every now and then I get a feeling that it might be one of the best records I make in my whole life. We worked really hard on lyrics and every song tells a story. In some ways, the more that I write songs, the more I feel that telling a story is the most important thing; just being able to close your eyes when you hear some lyrics and go somewhere. It’s worth taking the time to do that, because people respond to it.”