Rostam Batmanglij talks Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album

    In an interview with the Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s student newspaper, Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij talked at length about the band’s year, and the plans for their next album.


    The band hasn’t started recording its sophomore effort yet, but it has begun the writing process. Batmanglij didn’t want to reveal too much about the next record, preferring to "surprise" fans instead. He anticipates releasing the album in the late summer or early fall of next year.


    "I think we want to have a clear break in terms of a new sound, but also an evolution," he said. "I think, ultimately, the goal is that you know it’s our band, but … after we put out like five or 10 albums, you can say, ‘Oh, that was the sound of their second album’ just by hearing one song. I think that’s the goal.


    "I think we’ll have some new instruments – maybe some marimba," he added. "We could record it in our apartment. That worked for the last one."


    Batmanglij said that while African music will continue to influence the band’s sound, there will be a new feel to next LP and, perhaps, a new conceptual focus.


    "I think with our last record, there’s definitely a set of sounds that came together and tied the whole thing together," he said. "And I think with the next record, there should be a new set of sounds. I think with our first album there was kind of a concept behind it. It was somehow tied to education. I don’t think that will continue."


    Vampire Weekend’s debut has started to figure heavily on year-end lists (it’s currently at number six on our tally of your year-end lists), so it’ll be interesting to see what direction they’ll go with their new album. To read the whole story, go here. [Via: LHB]


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