Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij scores his brother’s Netflix show ‘The OA’

'The OA' was co-written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij has scored his brother’s new Netflix show The OA. It debuted on the streaming service yesterday (December 16).

Starring Brit Marling, it was also co-written by Marling alongside her frequent collaborator Zal Batmanglij – the brother of Rostam Batmanglij.

NYT Magazine reports that Rostam is responsible for scoring the show. Rostam composed the score with Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans.


Speaking on Rostam’s song ‘Wood’ and its influence on her writing, Marling said, “This story touches a lot of dark places, but ultimately reaches for something very bright and expansive. Sometimes while I was working on the character in my imagination, I would listen to Rostam’s song, and it would remind me of that dazzle.”

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Earlier this year, Rostam Batmanglij shared two new songs on US radio. While appearing on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show, the musician premiered a new solo track called ‘Gwan’ and another track taken from his forthcoming collaborative album with The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser.

Batmanglij also clarified what his future involvement with Vampire Weekend will be after quitting the New York band.

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

“There are no clear lines drawn about what the future holds,” he explained. “For me, it meant [being] open to doing stuff with Vampire Weekend, open to doing stuff on my own, to doing stuff with other people.

“I can’t tell you exactly what’s going to happen in the future, and for me, that’s something that felt necessary to do.”