Rostam Batmanglij has reportedly worked on new music with former Vampire Weekend bandmate Ezra Koenig
“Our creative relationship continues just as we said it would, and our friendship endures,” Rostam said of his relationship with longtime friend and former Vampire Weekend bandmate Ezra Koenig.
Former Vampire Weekend guitarist/songwriter/producer Rostam Batmanglij, who now goes by just Rostam for his solo act, has confirmed that he has worked on new material with former bandmate and current Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig.
In a recent interview with Kyle Meredith on the Consequence of Sound podcast 'Kyle Meredith With...', Rostam spoke about how he has been sharing studio space with his friend and former bandmate. “Our creative relationship continues just as we said it would, and our friendship endures,” Rostam said of his relationship with Koenig.
“I think it’s going to come out at some point,” he added, in reference to the expected release of the new material from the old friends.
Meanwhile, Ezra Koenig shared an update with the audience at Lollapalooza in August on Vampire Weekend's long-awaited fourth album, which currently goes by the working title 'Mitsubishi Macchiato'. “I wanted to tell you that the album is done now,” he said. “I mean, we’re mastering it but it’s done. More on that to come – in the meantime, just enjoy the rest of your summer.”
A lot has transpired since Vampire Weekend's last album, the nearly flawless opus that was 2013's 'Modern Vampires of the City'. In January 2016, Rostam Batmanglij announced that he would be stepping away from the band to pursue his solo project, much to the heartbreak of fans. Rostam produced Vampire Weekend's first two albums -- 2008's self titled debut and 2010's 'Contra' -- and contributed heavily to the band's works including some of the songwriting.
During the interview with Meredith, Rostam stopped short of commenting on whether this new material is for his own solo project or Vampire Weekend’s upcoming album. Considering the fact that he previously confirmed that he will still be contributing to the forthcoming album and that Koening announced that the album is all but done, the new material might be a part of a different project altogether. An official confirmation should arrive soon.
Elsewhere in the interview, Rostam talked about the slew of other material he's been working on recently. Last month, he returned with a new song called 'In A River'. The track (which you can listen to above) is the first original solo work to follow his acclaimed 2017 debut LP 'Half-Light'. Rostam described the mandolin-driven tune as his first composition to fuse traditional studio recordings with actual audio taken from one of his concerts.
During the interview, Rostam confirmed that 'In a River' is part of a “groundswell of new songs that are coming out.” He added, “There’s more coming down the assembly line… it feels like I’m in a good place.”
Talking about what to expect from the new album, he said that it would be a record that's focussed on percussion. Batmanglij reportedly rediscovered his love for drums during the run-up to the new album. "I have a ton of beats,” he remarked. “I’ve definitely been pushing myself to make a beat-driven record, so there’s kind of a little bit of a ’90s vibe and big drums.”
Listen to the full interview below via Consequence of Sound: