Vampire Weekend bassist calls departed member ‘one of the best artists on the planet’

Rostam Batmanglij has announced his exit from the group

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio has praised departing member Rostam Batmanglij after the latter announced that he was leaving the group.

Guitarist/keyboardist Batmanglij (pictured on the far left in the above photo) recently announced that he has parted ways with the New York band.

Posting a statement to Twitter, Batmanglij said that while he was “no longer a member” of Vampire Weekend, he would still “continue to collaborate on future projects” and “future Vampire Weekend songs” with frontman Ezra Koenig.

Responding to the news, Baio posted a message to Twitter, describing Batmanglij as “one of the best artists on the planet”. He added: “I am lucky to know him. I’ve heard some incredible new music, can’t wait to hear more.”

Meanwhile, singer Ezra Koenig has elaborated more on the news and issued an update on the band’s new album.

Koenig wrote on Instagram: “A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house [and] talked about whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important.”

The singer also expressed excitement for what both Vampire Weekend and Batmanglij have coming up: “I’m psyched about the work we’ve already begun for [the band’s fourth album] and I’m psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of. Also very excited to continue playing music with [Vampire Weekend members Chris Tomson and Chris Baio] but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later in the year.”

“For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it’s all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato’… for obvious reasons.”

Vampire Weekend released their third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ in 2013. Since then members of the band have pursued collaborative projects outside of the group, most notably frontman Koenig working with Karen O and Major Lazer. Bassist Baio also released a solo album in 2015.

Speaking last year, Koenig said a fourth Vampire Weekend album will happen, though an arrival date is some way off. He also suggested that older material that was deemed not right for previous albums could make its way onto album number four.
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