Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij has released a new solo track called “EOS.” It’s his first solo material released since 2011’s pair of songs “Wood” and “Don’t Let It Get To You.” The new song comes paired with a lyric video animated by Jon Race — watch and listen below.
Here’s what Batmanglij had to say about the song in a statement:
I invited engineer Shane Stoneback to live with me for five day stretches to work on recordings. On the last day of his first trip I was fatigued from all the songs we’d worked on and wanted to start recording something new. … I had this one idea from a while back stored as a voice memo on my phone. It was the chorus of “EOS” and it had come out of me all at once: melody, lyrics and chords. It’s rare that that happens for me—I’m always collecting ideas on my phone but usually it’s individual building blocks of a song, this was the essential elements all coming out together. The rest of the song started to take shape because what I recorded kept reminding of a very specific place and time in my life. I wanted to capture that feeling, and finishing the song became about chasing it down.
“EOS” is out via XL now. A physical 7″ will follow next month.