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Matsor Records

Released: 04.06.21







Rostam. formerly of Vampire Weekend, has been quietly churning out underrated records for more than a decade, giving a modern twist to baroque pop stylings. His second solo record eschews stylistic choices of yore, as we enter Rostam’s love affair with the tenor saxophone.

The results are as beautiful and beguiling as ever, with Rostam’s plaintive songwriting shining through, especially on the utterly gorgeous first single The Kids We Knew. It’s a successful exercise in Rostam changing the musical vocabulary he is using while still retaining the plaintive, melodic and melancholic sensibilities that make his music so special. Highlight Unfold You has been in the works since 2017 and feels representative of a personal metamorphosis through all of its gorgeous twists and turns. A real triumph.



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