Vampire Weekend's Rostam Shares Animated "EOS" Video
Published Jan 14, 2016Rostam Batmanglij has always had his hand in a number of creative projects, from his role in Vampire Weekend to collaborative tracks with tons of other artists to side-projects like his musical starring Michael Cera. His latest artistic endeavour, though, hears him taking up his single-name pseudonym Rostam once again for a new single.
"EOS" is out digitally now and 7-inch single in February via XL Recordings, and the musician has unveiled a music video to go along with it.
A press release notes that the new song hears Batmanglij at his most minimalist, though he still maintains influences from his Western classical and Middle Eastern musical backgrounds. The accompanying video was self-directed, with animation courtesy of motions graphics artist Jon Race.
A statement from Batmanglij about the clip explains:
The video is based on a 25-second exposure photograph I took during a trip to the desert dunes outside of Jaisalmer, India in 2011. The stars depicted in the video were the same ones captured that night by the lens of the camera, and the outline of the figure was the result of tracing a friend's body with the glow of a cellphone during the 25 seconds that the lens was open. So the initial idea was just to have that glow pulsate along to the music. But I kept having more ideas — and Jon was able to realize them — in the middle of making it I felt like I was painting my dreams.
Check out the final product in the player below.