Rostam Batmanglij, the former co-leader of Vampire Weekend, left the band in January, and he’s just released his first single since his departure from the group. The new song is called “Gravity Don’t Pull Me,” and it’s a subtle, tricky synthpop song with some serious bedroom-R&B overtones. Batmanglij’s whip-smart arrangements, which VW used so well, are very much on display here. The song follows Rostam’s single “EOS,” which he released a couple of weeks before leaving Vampire Weekend, so it seems likely that he’s got something bigger in the works. Listen to “Gravity Don’t Pull Me” below.
UPDATE: Here’s the video, directed by Batmanglij and Josh Goleman.
“Gravity Don’t Pull Me” is out now on XL.