In the relatively short time since announcing his departure from Vampire Weekend, Rostam has had a prolific career working alongside fellow musicians. From producing with Frank Ocean, Solange, Charli XCX, and Carly Rae Jepsen, to joining Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen for the stunning and critically acclaimed joint project Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, the last few years have been marked with musical success and exploration for Rostam.
However, 2017 marks the first time that Rostam will step out from behind assisting other musicians and into a full-length project of his own with Half-Light. The idea of releasing a full-length solo project after so many successful collaborative works may at first seem like a daunting, and at times fearful task. However, the second single, “Bike Dream,” does not contain a single ounce of musical hesitation–this is Rostam diving unabashedly head-first into his own.
Rostam’s “Bike Dream” starts off like a glimmering dream, before immediately becoming awash in a sea of fuzzy production, signifying that this is not just another simple indie pop song. The deluge of distorted guitars and synths subsides and swells throughout the track, but the one constant is Rostam’s almost casual and talkative vocals that manage to never get lost behind this wall of shimmering production. Rostam’s relaxed vocal stylings serve as an excellent juxtaposition to his clear prowess and revelry in production, and lends well to the track’s underlying sense of young love and longing.
From the masterful production to the lyrical content that openly explores his sexuality, Rostam is present on every crevice of this track. It is this level of unapologetic brazenness that allows for Rostam to transform “Bike Dream” into something more than just another indie pop song, but rather what feels like the possible next step forward for the genre.
Listen to “Bike Dream” below and keep an eye out for Half-Light due out September 8.