Rostam Batmanglij Announces Departure From Vampire Weekend

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The Grammy Award winning band lost one of its founding members today.

Rostam Batmanglij wrote fans a message confirming though he’s not severing ties with Vampire Weekend’s lead vocalist Ezra Koenig, he is ready to grow as a songwriter on his own two feet. Rotem posted a note on Twitter:



Not long after, Koenig responded via Instagram, saying:

A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house & talked abt whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important.

I’m psyched about the work we’ve already begun for LP4 and I’m psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of. Also very excited to continue playing music with CT and Baio but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later in the year.

For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it’s all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is “Mitsubishi Macchiato”…for obvious reasons.

Shout-out to the fans who have been waiting for new music – it’s coming.

Batmanglij, who’s collaborated with Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jenny Lewis, Wavves and Cloud Nothings among others, recently dropped a solo song titled “EOS.” According to Batmanglij, the song is inspired by a 25-second exposure photo taken on an adventure in the desert outside Jaisalmer, India. “What I recorded kept reminding of a very specific place and time in my life,” he said. “I wanted to capture that feeling, and finishing the song became about chasing it down.”




Vampire Weekend’s last album was 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City.

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