ROSTAM TOURS EUROPE IN MAY/JUNE FOLLOWING RELEASE OF ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM HALF-LIGHT
VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘SUMER’ LAUNCHES MAY 8
Rostam will return to Europe in May and June to tour in support of his acclaimed new album Half-Light, which was released on Nonesuch in September 2017. This run includes dates in Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland, and UK shows in London (All Points East Festival on June 2, Scala on June 14) and Brighton (The Haunt, June 13). Tickets are on sale now. See below, or nonesuch.com, for details.
A video for the new single ‘Sumer’ launches on May 8, and can be seen here. ‘Sumer’ is also streaming at Spotify and Apple Music.
ROSTAM EUROPEAN TOUR | JUNE 2018
May 31 | Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
Jun 2 | London, UK @ All Points East Festival
Jun 4 | Paris, France @ Point Ephémère
Jun 5 | Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell
Jun 6 | Hamburg, Germany @ Nochtewache
Jun 10 | Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun 12 | Brussels, Belgium @ Rotonde – Botanique
Jun 13 | Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Jun 14 | London, UK @ Scala
Jun 16 | Dublin, Ireland @ Donnybrook Stadium (supporting the National)
Known for his work in Vampire Weekend, Rostam’s kaleidoscopic debut album features fifteen songs that were written, produced, and performed by Rostam in his Los Angeles home studio, including the single ‘Bike Dream’. “It wasn’t until I had almost finished this album and was trying to decide what I should call it that I took the time to look up the word ’half-light’,” Rostam says of the album’s title. “That lyric, and a large part of that song ‘Half-Light’, had come to me in a stream of consciousness sitting in front of a piano years ago, captured in a voice memo on my phone. When I read its definition, and found that it had a double meaning – that it referred to both dawn and dusk – I started to think of how those times of day are part of so many lyrics on this album. I was also struck by the fact that it was a word with a double meaning. That felt important to this record. It made me think back to a friend in Japan who told me that the word ‘double’ was becoming more and more popular than ‘half’ for people to describe their split ethnicities. Any person growing up in America with immigrant parents experiences this dichotomy, of feeling both double and half. It’s something a lot of us who identify as queer experienced growing up as well, slipping between straight and gay worlds, code-switching. I say experienced in the past tense because I don’t know that that’s the experience today’s kids will have. Things are changing. I think what draws me to dawn and dusk as a songwriter is that those are the moments where we feel change deepest in a day. Those are the moments where I seem to experience the onset of a realization and the strongest feelings of optimism about the future. With this record, I’m trying to share some of those realizations and some of that optimism.”
Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Rostam Batmanglij was born to Iranian refugee parents in Washington, DC in 1983. He attended Columbia University, where he studied classical music and simultaneously focused on songwriting, recording, and production in his own time. In his last year at Columbia, he began producing the first full-length album of his career, Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut. That album would be the first of the band’s three gold records with Rostam as producer.
Rostam announced his departure from Vampire Weekend in the beginning of 2016. By the end of that year he had contributed songwriting and production to several of the most important albums of the year – including Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Solange’s A Seat at the Table, and a collaborative full length with The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser; a playlist of his entire production discography is available on Spotify and Apple Music.
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