Episode 117: Rostam

“Bike Dream”

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Rostam Batmanglij is a songwriter, producer, and composer, who first rose to prominence in 2006 as one of the members of Vampire Weekend. He’s produced songs for Frank Ocean, Solange, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more. But his September 2017 album Half-Light is his first as a solo artist. In this episode, Rostam breaks down his song “Bike Dream.” In this episode, he explains how it was influenced in part by bands like T.Rex and Coldplay. But “Bike Dream” began very differently from how it ended up.

You can get “Bike Dream” on iTunes.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
T.Rex – I Love to Boogie
Dave Fridmann
Korg Trident

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