Music of the moment
Our toddler loves to listen to music, our days are filled with the musings of playlists we have lovingly popped together. For dinner though, we all like to listen to a playlist called Hanging out and Relaxing. At 2 and a bit she speaks really well, so she asks Alexa for the playlist herself and it’s full of chilled out tracks that’s she loves to listen to. It usually stops her from running around for a bit and we can all sit down at the table and enjoy our meal before life is at full speed again.
One artist that keeps popping up is the beautiful voice of US Producer, songwriter, and composer Rostam. I didn’t realise but he was one of the founding members of the very well-known American band Vampire Weekend. He went solo in 2016, has brought out plenty of music since then, and has produced plenty including the most recent album from Haim. If his music sounds familiar to you then you might know his most recent material from collaborations with his brother, filmmaker Zal Batmanglij from films such as Sound of my voice, The East, and the Netflix series The OA.
The track that always comes up in our playlist and that stops us in our tracks is In a River. Rostam’s voice is beautiful, with the Celtic sound of the mandolin slowly taking you on a wonderful winding journey, it tells the story of Rostam and a young romantic partner swimming together naked in a river. The drums kick in then later make way for the sound of the fiddle solo which is almost hypnotic and will have you swaying your seat. Then the track hits with the hand-clapping for the last chorus which really makes this track.
The story around the hand-clapping being included in the song is that when Rostam went into rehearsal for his debut solo album Half-Light tour, he played this track to audiences. They unexpectantly went wild for it and a song that was only supposed to be essentially filler ended up being a staple during the tour. He says audience members would clap along to the chorus, it would often sound amazing especially in specific venues around America there were memories that he wanted to capture. With this in mind when he got back to the studio he decided he wanted to recreate the electric feeling and the full sound with audience participation on this track. It really does give an extra level, a booming crescendo that is needed to take you away from the hypnotism of the rest of the song but fits in perfectly.
Go and have a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below or over on Twitter.