Rostam Batmanglij Leaves Vampire Weekend…Kind Of

Rostam Batmanglij

Streets are said to be flowing with the tears of hipsters.


Vampire Weekend co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has announced he’s finished with Vampire Weekend…sort of. In addition to news that he’s “no longer a member of VW,” Batmanglij also said that he plans to collaborate with other Vampire Weekend co-founder Ezra Koenig on future projects and “future VW songs.” Okay…so you’re not done with Vampire Weekend? Even with this somewhat vague announcement soon-to-be former Vampire Weekends are already declaring the band’s fourthcoming LP as the band’s worst. Keep in mind that no music has been released, Rostam has worked with the band on some of the songs (possibly all of them), and Ezra Koenig (the vocalist and songwriter) is still with the band. Yeah, this thing has FLOP written all over it.

While commenting on the news of Rostam’s departure, Ezra Koenig stated that the band’s next album’s “working title is ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato’…for obvious reasons.” The most obvious reason is because the album is going to suck, so it deserves a shitty title. Am I right, Rostam-era Vampire Weekend fans?

Rostam helped Ra Ra Riot with two songs on their upcoming album, Need Your Light, which resulted in a very Vampire Weekend-y song called “Water”. Watch the video for it below, and forget all about a Mitsubishi Macchiato.

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