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Half Light’ is the captivating debut album from Rostam Batmanglij the former singer and producer of Vampire Weekend; the indie rock Grammy Award-winning act that helped define the sound of the 2010s.
The promise of a solo album from Rostam has been dangling in the air since he left Vampire Weekend in early 2016. In the interim, he’s worked with everyone from Frank Ocean to HAIM, even releasing a collaborative album with former The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser called ‘I Had A Dream’. Finally he is ready to fulfill the promise of his solo career with the announcement of his long awaited debut full-length, ‘Half-Light’ which sees him pushing forward with the buzzing cut of electronic driven sounds replete with replete with Rostam’s distinct, tumbling lyricism and singing style.
In a statement, Rostam also went in-depth on the meaning behind the record's title:
It wasn't until I had almost finished this album and was trying to decide what I should call it that I took the time to look up the word 'half-light'...That lyric, and a large part of that song Half-Light, had come to me in a stream of consciousness sitting in front of a piano years ago, captured in a voice memo on my phone. I had never stopped to figure out what that word meant exactly. But when I read its definition, and found that it had a double meaning — that it referred to both dawn and dusk — I started to think of how those times of day are part of so many lyrics on this album.
I was also struck by the fact that it was a word with a double meaning. That felt important to this record. It made me think back to a friend in Japan who told me that the word 'double' was becoming more and more popular than 'half' for people to describe their split ethnicities. Any person growing up in America with immigrant parents experiences this dichotomy, of feeling both double and half. It's something a lot of us who identify as queer experienced growing up as well, slipping between straight and gay worlds, code-switching. I say experienced in the past tense because I don't know that that's the experience today's kids will have. Things are changing.
The record is composed of 15 songs, which Rostam wrote and produced at his home studio in Los Angeles.