Editors’ Notes Vampire Weekend fans were devastated when Rostam Batmanglij quit to pursue fresh opportunities in 2016. This curiosity shop of a debut album justifies his liberation. The three Vampire Weekend albums he helmed are hardly predictable fare, but here Batmanglij’s invention is left entirely unchecked, and it’s glorious. The gorgeous title track moves like a dream—a lovelorn appeal that gives way to a chugging Beatles rhythm section before Wet’s Kelly Zutrau offers a haunting final reply. This warmth embraces each track. “Bike Dream”’s art rock radiates a boyish charm, while “Wood”—a forgotten treasure that first appeared online in 2011—fuses wild Eastern percussion with the first flushes of love.

SONG
Sumer
1
3:35
 
Bike Dream
2
3:21
 
Half-Light (feat. Kelly Zutrau)
3
3:31
 
Thatch Snow
4
3:03
 
Wood
5
5:42
 
Never Going To Catch Me
6
3:09
 
Don't Let It Get To You
7
5:17
 
I Will See You Again
8
1:15
 
Hold You (feat. Angel Deradoorian)
9
2:33
 
When
10
3:25
 
Rudy
11
3:53
 
Warning Intruders
12
3:31
 
EOS
13
3:08
 
Gwan
14
4:45
 
Don't Let It Get To You (Reprise)
15
2:00
 

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