Rostam Batmanglij – Wood

Whilst Vampire Weekend are out of the public eye, Rostam Batmanglij has been making some music on his own. Posted on his Tumblr earlier today, ‘Wood’ is the first non-VW track we’ve heard from him since 2009′s Discovery album (Converse hook-up with Kid Cudi and Best Coast aside) and it’s as elegant and composed as you might expect. Featuring a super long intro (Rostam’s first vocal only emerges at the 1:25 mark), it could easily have bridged the gap between Vampire Weekend and Contra with its classical serenity and Eastern rhythms and motifs. In a post on his blog a couple of weeks ago, he wrote “more music from Rostam coming soon” – whether he meant only this or a whole record’s worth, we’ll just have to wait and see. Listen below and download here.