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Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij reveal new song “When the Truth Is…” — listen

on August 26, 2016, 10:55am

 

On September 23rd, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij will release their debut album as Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. Titled I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, the collaborative effort spans 10 tracks, including today’s teaser, “When the Truth Is…”

Peppered with doo-wop influences, it’s likely the most soulful cut we’ve heard from the indie rock super duo thus far following “In a Black Out” and “1000 Times”. According to the band, the song was inspired by The-Dream, Aretha Franklin, and Mick Jagger.

Hear the song up above; read statements from both Leithauser and Batmanglij below.

Batmanglij:

“This beat was initially inspired by The-Dream’s demo for the song ‘1+1’ by Beyonce…that demo was never released but you can find it kicking around online. It got me thinking about how much I wanted to make a 6/8 song that really smacked. Hamilton came up with the “would you listen to me now” section the day I played him the beat. A couple weeks later I recorded the slide guitar solo…and pretty quickly we had all these finished sounding sections of a song…still it took about 18 months of passing ideas back and forth both online and in the studio to finish the thing.”

Leithauser:

“I had watched the Muscle Shoals documentary the week before Rostam played me the original beat, and I was really jazzed up on all those soul singers. Percy Sledge, Wilson Picket, and Aretha Franklin (to name just a few) used to just belt it out with their hearts on their sleeves. I wanted to try and imitate them like Mick Jagger used to (or basically any other British singer from the 60’s). The combination of doo-wap, hip hop (groove), and soul was definitely a curveball. This song brought our record into a very different arena, and I’m glad for that.”

I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Tracklist:
01. A 1000 Times
02. Sick as a Dog
03. Rough Going (I Don’t Let Up)
04. In a Black Out
05. Peaceful Morning
06. When The Truth Is…
07. You Ain’t That Young Kid
08. The Bride’s Dad
09. The Morning Stars
10. 1959 (feat. Angel Deradoorian)

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