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Rostan Batmanglij has left Vampire Weekend and shared a new single called "Wood"

28 January 2016, 17:41 | Written by Laurence Day

Rostam Batmanglij, a co-founder of indie-pop outfit Vampire Weekend, has officially left the band.

The talented producer/multi-instrumentalist has not severed ties completely though, as he explains in a statement:

Earlier this month Batmanglij revealed "EOS", a new solo single. It's part of "a collection of songs" that Batmanglij will release this year.

The latest one of these is "Wood", which will back "EOS" when it's released as a 7" in February.

Writing at length on his website, Batmanglij explained the song and how he met friend and fellow producer Ariel Rechtshaid. Check out an excerpt below:

"I wanted to try to capture the feeling of being in bed with someone, and dreaming something wild beside them.

"I had borrowed a 12 string acoustic from Matt Popieluch of Foreign Born and figured out if I tuned it like a Tar I could play the Persian music I grew up listening to. So their is a 12-string guitar solo on 'Wood’ that quotes melodies 1000s of years old (Rast Panjgah), there’s classical music at play, it’s a love song, it’s a queer love song. It’s my moms’ favorite thing I’ve ever done.

"I’m not sure if I ever finished 'Wood’, it’s probably longer than it needs to be. I stayed up all night in late September of 2011, hustling to bounce down a final version. In the morning I posted it to Soundcloud, I felt like if I didn’t release it I may never release it. But here it is."

Srteam "Wood" below.

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