Vampire Weekend guitarist/keyboardist and co-founder Rostam Batmanglij announced via Twitter on January 26, 2016 that he has left the band.
In his public message, Batmanglij writes, “I wanted to let people know I’m no longer a member of VW but that Ezra and I will continue to collaborate on future projects and future VW songs. My identity as a songwriter and producer, I realized, needs to stand on its own. Still connected to the people I work with, but through the songs we make together.”
Batmanglij’s continues, “I can’t even begin to express the joy I get from writing songs, both on my own and with others, I hold it all sacred. There is so much music – all of it dear to me – on its way to you. It’s an exciting time. And I feel lucky to share it with you.”
The remaining members of the band (lead singer Ezra Koeing, bassist Chris Baio, and drummer Chris Tomson) have not issued any statements in response.
Also known as producer and film composer, the American artist’s heartfelt note of resignation indicated a not-so-surprising desire to pursue a solo career. Earlier this month, the multi-instrumentalist released his first single as a solo artist, titled “EOS” along with a music video directed by the singer/songwriter himself, featuring animation techniques by Jon Race.
The track is an ambient, melancholy indie pop tune that demonstrates the exceptional quality of Batmanglij’s musical abilities – the same quality that rendered his writing skills practiced and credible during his successful 9 year run with Vampire Weekend. While the band will continue along the road of stardom, it has certainly suffered a creative loss.
In addition to Batmanglij’d 2016 release of “EOS”, the musician released 2 tracks of his own one, of them is a song dating back to 2011 that was never commercially released: “Wood” and “Don’t Let It Get To You”.
Having worked with a growing list of known names such as Charli XCX, Hamilton Leithauser, and more, it’s certain there is an exciting future ahead for Rostam Batmanglij!