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Rostam Plays a Couple New Songs on Radio, Clarifies Relationship With Vampire Weekend

"There are no clear lines drawn about what the future holds,” he tells Santa Monica NPR station KCRW

Rostam Batmanglij, once and perhaps future fixture of college-rock sophisticates Vampire Weekend, appeared on California public radio station KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic program yesterday. On the show, he played two new productions — the stately, string-blanketed solo song “Gwan” (located a little over 13 minutes into the below embed) and “Sick As a Dog,” another new collaboration with Hamilton Leithauser (31 minutes in), a jauntier number likely found on the duo’s upcoming album I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.

He also began the interview by talking a little about his relationship with VW. “Yeah, I guess,” he answers, when host Jason Bentley asks if he’s no longer in the group, but goes on to clarify: “There’s no actual clear lines drawn as to what the future holds… For me, it meant [being] open to doing stuff with Vampire Weekend, open to doing stuff on my own, to doing stuff with other people. I can’t tell you exactly what’s gonna happen in the future, and for me, that was something that felt necessary to do.”

Listen to Rostam’s entire guest appearance here, via Pitchfork.