Between 2005-2009, Wes and I wrote an album together in snatched moments in our lives… That record (the Discovery LP) seemed to benefit from us having the freedom to pick it up and put it down. In January of this year, Wes came to stay with me, and we set out to write songs again. We didn’t know where it would take us. There was something I’d heard in Wes’s singing in the earliest days of seeing Ra Ra Riot live that I felt had never quite been captured on record. There was our shared love of U2’s Achtung Baby, something that having listened to the music we’ve recorded in our lives thus far you might not know about. And also this obsession with writing songs that tell stories. So we spent five days writing just two songs- “Water” and “I Need Your Light”- and I think we found that same freedom in making these songs that we had found years ago making the Discovery record, not knowing where it would take us. -RB
This is something that I know I will eventually post on Team Vampire Weekend but not this soon. Sad to find out that Rostam Batmanglij has left Vampire Weekend but expect more from him, as he will continue making songs not just with other artists but also with Ezra, Chris and Chris.
Ezra Koenig has addressed RB’s departure and says new Vampire Weekend music is coming.