15 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vampire Weekend fans were devastated when Rostam Batmanglij quit to pursue fresh opportunities in 2016. This curiosity shop of a debut album justifies his liberation. The three Vampire Weekend albums he helmed are hardly predictable fare, but here Batmanglij’s invention is left entirely unchecked, and it’s glorious. The gorgeous title track moves like a dream—a lovelorn appeal that gives way to a chugging Beatles rhythm section before Wet’s Kelly Zutrau offers a haunting final reply. This warmth embraces each track. “Bike Dream”’s art rock radiates a boyish charm, while “Wood”—a forgotten treasure that first appeared online in 2011—fuses wild Eastern percussion with the first flushes of love.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Vampire Weekend fans were devastated when Rostam Batmanglij quit to pursue fresh opportunities in 2016. This curiosity shop of a debut album justifies his liberation. The three Vampire Weekend albums he helmed are hardly predictable fare, but here Batmanglij’s invention is left entirely unchecked, and it’s glorious. The gorgeous title track moves like a dream—a lovelorn appeal that gives way to a chugging Beatles rhythm section before Wet’s Kelly Zutrau offers a haunting final reply. This warmth embraces each track. “Bike Dream”’s art rock radiates a boyish charm, while “Wood”—a forgotten treasure that first appeared online in 2011—fuses wild Eastern percussion with the first flushes of love.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
34 Ratings
34 Ratings
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The Most Beautiful Music

Rostam's "art music" is some of the best I've heard. "Wood" has been a favorite since I heard it, and I've loved his collaborations with other bands, like "Water" and "This Song" and I'm so glad this album is out now. Thank you Rostam you wonderful man you have brought me many hours of joy.

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So Proud!

Although at first saddened by the news of his departure from Vampire Weekend, this album of his makes me almost happy he left!

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A Weekend With Rostam

Is like a weekend with one of the best composers of our time. He is very deliberate with his effortless sound. I'm a big fan!

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