'I Had A Dream That You Were Mine' is out Sept. 23


Last month, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij shared “A 1000 Times,” their first collaborative single as Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. Now the indie rockers have detailed a full album and shared a second single, “In a Black Out.” Both songs will appear on I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, which is out Sept. 23.

Since announcing his departure from Vampire Weekend earlier this year, Batmanglij has collaborated with Santigold and Ra Ra Riot. (He also produced Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2015 song “Warm Blood.”) “Hamilton’s voice has been converting non-believers for more than a decade,” Batmanglij said in a press release. “As a producer, I feel like taking a voice to places it hasn’t been before ranks high-up there in terms of responsibility.” He also noted that he wanted “to push storytelling to the front, the idea that a song can be a small story in-and-of-itself.”

Leithauser, meanwhile, explained that he and Batmanglij weren’t particularly close before recording the album together. “I really didn’t know him very well — just a few mutual friends and a few meetings over the years,” he said. “But I did know that I liked his music, and I knew that he liked mine; and that’s all we really had to go on. What I did find was a writing partner and friend I connected with very quickly, and learned to trust. In a very short time, things started happening.”

Two of their initial collaborations — “Alexandra” and “I Retired” — appeared on Leithauser’s 2014 solo album Black Hours, and afterward the pair decided to make a full album together.

Hear “In a Black Out” below.