It’s been a year since Rostam Batmanglij dropped Half-Light, his solo debut album, and he’s back today with his first song since. Is he about to lap his former Vampire Weekend bandmates by putting out two full-length projects before they even release one? That probably won’t happen given that VW’s long-awaited Modern Vampires Of The … More »
By now we’ve come to expect a certain aesthetic from Boston pop trio Wet: plaintive, glassy, ephemeral balladry, like some emotionally cathartic mirage informed by soft rock and R&B. They perfected this sound on “Deadwater,” the best song on their 2016 debut Don’t You. It’s quite pretty and often powerful, but at this point … More »
After producing all three of Vampire Weekend‘s iconic albums, former bandmate and producer Rostam found his own place in the indie landscape. Having releasing his debut LP, Half-Light, last year, Rostam has now revealed a four track remix EP for the quiet yet comforting album.
Half-Light Remixes: EP1 is a reimagining of some of Rostam’s top tracks. Tourist leads off the EP with their remix of “Gwan,” an acoustic track that gets a slow-burning and ethereal spin. Jim-E Stack and Instupendo follow, each putting forth subdued and synth-filled efforts that breathe new life into the already beautiful tracks. Matsor Projects’ cheery and upbeat take on “Bike Dream” tosses in an infectious bass line and groovy beat to close out the EP.
Rostam, the mononymic musician formerly of Vampire Weekend, tapped rising producer Instupendo for a remix of his track, “Half-Light” — as well as a supporting slot at his recent performance at Brooklyn Steel.
Instupendo crafts a gentle lattice of sounds and atmosphere that elevate Rostam and Kelly Zutrau’s vocals. The producer’s signature style is stilly clearly evident, though he opts to turn down the haze for a more focused, easily defined design. The production matches the vocals’ yearning nature, rising slowly into a subdued yet emotive catharsis.
Instupendo’s remix of “Half-Light” is featured on Half-Light Remixes: EP1, which also features selections from Tourist, Jim-E Stack, and Matsor Projects.
The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.
Daktyl enlists MOONZz and lets his creativity run wild on “Weather.”
For the kids: Jonas Blue taps the former Vine stars, Jack & Jack, for the bright and bouncy “Rise.”
Said The Sky paints cinematic soundscapes with the Matthew Koma-featured “Over Getting Over You.”
Moodymann dives deep into Detroit funk with his bass-heavy Nightmares On Wax rework.
Just A Gent traverses the interplanetary realm at light speed with Thandi Phoenix on the rave-inspired floor filler, “Space Odyssey.”
Nitro Fun gets personal on “Time Goes By,” which he says was inspired by some personal realizations about time, love, and the universe.
Ashley Wallbridge releases a trance track fit for the Greek mythology pantheon it references.
Space Laces is throwing massive elbows in sinister, cinematic track “Kaiju.”
Ookay switches lanes, and releases his first rapping foray. There’s a hot summer of hip-hop on the horizon, and if “Desperado” is any indication of where Ookay is headed, he seems sure to corral some excellence.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from the great Swedish pop singer Lykke Li. She released I Never Learn, her excellently heart-shattered breakup album, way back in 2014. Since then, she’s had a baby, she’s taken a break from performing, and she’s made some music with the Swede-pop collective LIV. More »
Former Vampire Weekend producer Rostam has released one solo album, last year’s Half-Light, since stepping out on his own, and lately he’s been spending his time doing stripped-down covers of classics like “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Fairytale Of New York,” and “Pink Moon.” But he seems to have some new material … More »
Rostam has shared a new video for “Bike Dream,” a track off his debut solo album, Half-Light, that came out last year. It’s a co-directing effort between himself and Dan Newman. Appropriately enough, it features a lot of Rostam traveling by bike through various cities, and it also has a lot of Rostam walking … More »
“The kids don’t stand a chance,” Ezra Koenig sang, closing out Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut — released 10 years ago today — with a pronouncement of hopelessness for all those Columbia undergrads bound for Wall Street. Never mind that Vampire Weekend were still kids, too; just look at those baby faces in their old videos! … More »
Last year, Rostam Batmanglij released his debut solo album, Half-Light, and he’s taken the occasion to cover a few songs in the ensuing press cycle. Over the last few months, he’s offered up covers of Bob Dylan and the Pogues, and his latest takes on one of his major influences. Rostam covered … More »