The last member of Vampire Weekend to release a solo album, eighteen months after leaving the band, Rostam’s solo project Half Light is finally here. A well acclaimed producer in his own right, he’s produced tracks for the likes of Frank Ocean, Charli XCX, Solange, and Haim.
The son of two Iranian emigrant parents, Half Light has a strong Persian influence. Bringing together East and West, Rostam mixes pop tempo with unique ethnic soundscapes. At fifteen tracks long, the album gets time to experiment with different genres and sounds – ‘Rudy’ gets a reggae treatment, ‘Bike Dream’ has a catchy rock-pop hook and is perhaps the most singable, whereas ‘When’ is fully dubbed, reverb style for the latter half. Despite Ezra Koenig being the front man of Vampire Weekend, Half Light emphasises the importance of Rostam’s role as producer, with Half Light using the familiar string instruments, simple melodies or playful distortion techniques head on Vampire Weekend tracks.
Speaking of the album, Rostam shared:
“I think that my goal is to make music that anybody can hear and feel moved by. But that said, I do feel like there are specific people for whom I’m making these songs.”
Sniffed by Sophia Davies