I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

Released on September 23, 2016 I Had A Dream That You Were Mine  is the collaborative product of Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) and Rostam Batmangli (Vampire Weekend). Leithauser, who served as the front man of The Walkmen for many years, and Batmangali, the multi-instrumentalist mastermind behind many of Vampire Weekend’s most beloved tracks, first met in 2008 when Vampire Weekend opened for the Walkmen. The two would go on to collaborate on Leithauser’s first solo album, Black HoursRostam made contributions to the songs “Alexandra” and “I Retired”.

I Had A Dream That You Were Mine was recorded over a period of about a year and a half beginning in July 2014 and ending in February 2016. The majority of the album was recorded in Los Angeles with Leithauser spending weeks at a time at Batmangali’s California home. According to accounts from both musicians, the recording process went smoothly due to the great amount of respect that each had for one another musically. The record went on to receive much critical acclaim and found its way on to several “Best of 2016 ” lists including Pitchfork’s and American Songwriter’s.

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The vinyl record is packaged nicely and comes with a lyric/photo booklet as well as an mp3 download card. Stream the record from all traditional DSPs and pick up your own copy at your favorite local record store. Check out the band’s performance on KEXP here.

Image Courtesy of The Los Angeles Times.

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myths 002 – Mering & Rosenberg

Released on January 27th 2017, myths 002 – Mering & Rosenberg is the second installment of the Marfa Myths series hosted and curated by Mexican Summer. In 2015, the first record in this series was released as a three song collaborative effort between Connan Mockasin and Dev Hynes (pictured below).

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The second is a four song collection that comes in at just under fifteen minutes but is packed full of musical whim. Natalie Mering (also known as Weyes Blood) and Ariel Rosenberg (Ariel Pink) lead their listeners through a strange musical landscape that is populated by the sounds of 70s Chamber Folk and Lo-fi Indie Rock. The single for this record “Tears on Fire” was released in early January 2017 and can be streamed below:

 

With only 2500 copies of this record pressed, it is surely a collectible for fans of Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood alike. Mexican Summer has truly been able to create a unique series here as an extension of their Marfa Myths Festival. If you enjoy the sounds of this record, be sure to check out Weyes Blood’s critically acclaimed album from 2016 Front Row Seat to Earth.

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