Review: I Had A Dream That You Were Mine by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

I Had A Dream That You Were Mine by Hamilton Leithauser + RostamThe collaboration between Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij isn’t unlikely – the latter co-produced the former’s recent solo record – and yet there’s something energizing about their formal collaboration, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine. The two have differing styles – Hamilton, of the Walkmen, can carry a breakdown like it’s no big deal; Rostam, previously of Vampire Weekend, has this seeming obsession to detail that gives his previous band’s work some heft. Their collaboration has this boozy feel, the relaxed atmosphere forgiving what could be seen as a scattershot record; what they have instead is the sound of two people feeling their way around and then making beautiful music together. Funny, because the songs tend to tackle loss – a theme more outward in the beginning, when you can mark out the Hamilton from the Rostam, before it all just blends together by the glimmering closer “1959”. Ultimately, a surprisingly strong record that could be one of the best of the year. And I don’t always go around with that. [NB]4/5

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