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New Collaboration: Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij

Indie rock elder statesmen release "I Had a Dream That You Were Mine" next month

A 1000 Times - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
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In case you hadn’t heard, two of your favorite indie music boys are teaming up for an album. Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Discovery (and also of everything else. Dude’s been productive.) have released two singles from an upcoming album titled I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.

“A 1000 Times” (video above) is upbeat: all twinkly pianos and major chord guitar plucking. Lyrically it’s a bit more somber, following Leithauser as he reminisces and regrets on a late-night walk: “Oh tender November/the year’s almost over/if I had your number/I’d call you tomorrow.” His crooning voice quickly shifts into his throat-scratching falsetto howl. When this guy switches octaves, he does it with a vengeance.

In a Black Out” sounds more like a Walkmen song: there’s distant-sounding guitar picking and little other accompaniment until some spare drums come in over halfway through. Here Leithauser’s voice stays restrained — he’s in Frank Sinatra mode.

The two tracks bode well for this album and this collaboration. Both artists have already said nice things about the record and about working with each other: on Twitter, Rostam said “If it sounds like we had fun making this record it’s cos we did.”

Just two days ago, Rostam premiered two new songs on KCRW radio, where he DJed a special set. The two songs are called “Gwan” and “Sick as a Dog” — the latter features Leithauser, though it’s unclear if this track will be on the new album. You can listen to that DJ set here via Stereogum.

Look for I Had a Dream That You Were Mine out 9/23.