Rostam Announces Debut Solo Album "Half Light"
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:29:07
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Rostam, known mainly for his work with Vampire Weekend, has just announced his debut solo album. Half-Light will be released on September 8th, 2017 via Nonesuch Records.
Press releases that accompany the album's announcement describe the fifteen songs — written, produced and performed by Rostam in his Los Angeles home studio as "kaleidoscopic".
A preorder of the album is available on iTunes — and the most eager of fans will receive instant downloads of album tracks "Gwan" and "Bike Dream". Over on Rostam's website there are other tantalizing bundles — hats, t-shirts and all the typical indie fare offered as exclusives to fans.
Rostam has been playing a couple of gigs celebrating his solo work, and has a tour lined up in support of the album. That tour will commence in 2017 and run all the way through to 2018. No dates have yet been announced.
Speaking about the album the singer/songwriter/producer said:
"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'," Rostam says of the album's title. "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," he continues.
"I think what draws me to dawn and dusk as a songwriter is that those are the moments where we feel change deepest in a day. Those are the moments where I seem to experience the onset of a realization and the strongest feelings of optimism about the future. With this record, I'm trying to share some of those realizations and some of that optimism."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff