Since leaving Vampire Weekend in January, Rostam Batmanglij has kept a pretty busy schedule. Over the months, he’s steadily put out solo singles in “EOS” and “Gravity Don’t Pull Me” as well helped co-write Francis and the Lights and Kanye West’s “Friends”.
Now, Batmanglij has started a new group with Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen called Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. They’ve also issued “A 1000 Times”, their debut track under the moniker. It’s a slowly swaying number in which Leithauser, in true Walkmen fashion, stretches his vocals to the skies. Check it out above.
This isn’t the first time Leithauser and Batmanglij have worked together; the former Vampire Weekend member 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.”