Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – “When The Truth Is…”
Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij are putting out their first collaborative album, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, next month, and today they’ve shared another song from it — this one’s a shuffling, yearning, oldies-inspired doo-wop number called “When The Truth Is…,” and it follows on the heels of “A 1000 Times,” “In A Black Out, and “Sick As A Dog.” Here’s what the two collaborators had to say about the conception of the track:
“This beat was initially inspired by The-Dream’s demo for the song ‘1+1’ by Beyonce…that demo was never released but you can find it kicking around online. It got me thinking about how much I wanted to make a 6/8 song that really smacked. Hamilton came up with the “would you listen to me now” section the day I played him the beat. A couple weeks later I recorded the slide guitar solo…and pretty quickly we had all these finished sounding sections of a song…still it took about 18 months of passing ideas back and forth both online and in the studio to finish the thing.”
“I had watched the Muscle Shoals documentary the week before Rostam played me the original beat, and I was really jazzed up on all those soul singers. Percy Sledge, Wilson Picket, and Aretha Franklin (to name just a few) used to just belt it out with their hearts on their sleeves. I wanted to try and imitate them like Mick Jagger used to (or basically any other British singer from the 60’s). The combination of doo-wap, hip hop (groove), and soul was definitely a curveball. This song brought our record into a very different arena, and I’m glad for that.”
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is out 9/23 via Glassnote. The vinyl for the record will be out a week early (9/16) — pre-order that here.