Rostam -- Half-light

“Bike Dream” by Rostam

I’m a casual fan of Vampire Weekend. Don’t get me wrong — it’s an amazing band (Modern Vampires of the City was my favorite record of 2013), but I’ve never taken time to drill down past the established narrative and learn their story.

So I didn’t fully understand the significant contributions of Rostam (full name Rostam Batmanglij), who officially-but-amicably left the band in 2016; and definitely wasn’t prepared for the excellently-fuzzy, anthemic indie pop of his initial solo offerings. “Bike Dream” is from Rostam’s debut album under his own name, Half-Light, which will be released September 8.