Rostam is a singular force. Hearing his solo material, it’s obvious enough that a big part of Vampire Weekend’s sound, from sweeping classical strings to dub beats, were a product of his ear for production.
Prior to departing from VW, Rostam lent his ear to productions by artists such as Jenny Lewis, Charli XCX, Sanitgold, Hamilton Leithauser and Carly Rae Jepsen. These collaborations hinted at Rostam’s interest in pop music and although his new single “Gravity Don’t Pull Me” doesn’t have a big glossy chorus, it experiments with trap beats and bubbling synths are an attempt to broaden his minimal sound into a poppier package.
For the song’s video, Rostam shares a director’s credit with Josh Goleman, whom he worked with previously co-directing Ra Ra Riot’s “Water” video. Here’s Rostam’s statement on the video:
Rostam will debut his live solo show, opening for Brian Wilson, on June 12 in Brooklyn, NY at Northside Festival. Previously, he shared singles “EOS” and “Wood.”