Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij Shares Anthemic New Song ‘EOS’
It’s been three years since Vampire Weekend released their most recent full-length Modern Vampires in the City, but multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has kept plenty busy in the intervening years, working behind the scenes on a string of high-profile records. He’s also dropped a handful of standalone solo singles along the way, and today (Jan. 14), he’s added another to the mix.
Batmanglij has unveiled a lyric video for the soaring, piano-tinged “EOS,” which you can watch at the top of the page. Batmanglij directed the clip, while Jon Race created the animation. The song will be issued as a 7” single in February via XL Recordings; check out the single artwork at the bottom of the page.
In a statement, Batmanglij revealed “EOS” is inspired by a 25-second exposure photo taken near Jaisalmer, India. He also expounded on making the song with engineer Shane Stoneback:
I invited engineer Shane Stoneback to live with me for five day stretches to work on recordings. On the last day of his first trip I was fatigued from all the songs we’d worked on and wanted to start recording something new. I had this one idea from a while back stored as a voice memo on my phone. It was the chorus of ‘EOS’ and it had come out of me all at once: melody, lyrics and chords. It’s rare that that happens for me — I’m always collecting ideas on my phone but usually it’s individual building blocks of a song, this was the essential elements all coming out together. The rest of the song started to take shape because what I recorded kept reminding of a very specific place and time in my life. I wanted to capture that feeling, and finishing the song became about chasing it down.