The pairing of the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser and former Vampire Weekend list Rostam Batmanglij turns out to be an inspired on. That vocal technique is all over I Retired and again on I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, emblematic of what makes Leithauser and Batmanglij’s first collaborative full-length the rare release that looks backwards without falling victim to retro pastiche. With Batmanglij’s piano and Leithauser’s voice as their guiding forces, the duo answer a question that has eluded many a musician before: How do you incorporate the music of the past without losing yourself in what’s already been done? Even those beloved harmonies represent just one tool in a deep kit, right alongside Spanish guitar, Disney.
I Had a Dream That You Were Mine is a collaborative studio album by Hamilton Leithauser, the former frontman of The Walkmen, and Rostam, the t and former producer of Vampire Weekend ".
I had a dream that you were mine I've had that dream a thousand times A thousand times, a thousand times I've had that dream a thousand times. I left my room on the West Side I walked from noon until the night I changed my crowd, I ditched my tie I watched the sparks fly off the fire I found your house, I didn't even try They'd closed the shutters, they'd pulled the blinds My eyes were red, the streets were bright Those. ancient years were black and white
Drums – Stephen PattersonLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Hamilton LeithauserPiano, Backing Vocals, Drum Programming, Sampler, Electric Bass – Rostam Batmanglij. B8. You Ain't That Young Kid. Drums – Stephen PattersonLead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Slide Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Hamilton LeithauserPiano, Harpsichord, Backing Vocals, Drum Programming, Synth, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Programmed By, Organ, Electric Guitar – Rostam Batmanglij.
That said, on I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, Leithauser and Batmanglij surround the singer's distinctive yowl with an assortment of surprising sounds " Elsewhere, the folksy, banjo- and piano-led "Peaceful Morning" . .
I Had a Dream You Were Mine overflows with satisfying and complex melodic shape. The squealing guitar on When the Truth Is. sails out over a Batmanglij piano progression and more wordless vocals. The song explores spaces between delicacy and brutalism with an arrangement that wouldn’t have been out of place on Modern Vampires of the City, but here Ezra Koenig’s prep-school timbre has been here replaced with Leithauser’s world-weariness. On baroque album closer 1959, Leithauser sings against a backdrop of flourishing strings and a winsome keyboard
Am D I had a dream that you were mine G C I’ve had that dream a thousand times Am D A thousand times a thousand times G C I’ve had that dream a thousand times. Am D I left my room on the west side G C I walked from noon until the night Am D I changed my crowd I ditched my tie G C I watched the sparks fly off the fire. Like a few of Hamilton Leithauser’s other great songs, A 1000 Times, a collaborative single with Rostam Batmanglij, takes place as things are winding down. But while In the New Year found Leithauser gazing triumphantly toward the future and The Rat chronicled the bitter, desperate end of a relationship, A 1000 Times is too smitten to even notice its surroundings.
The tone for much of I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is set both musically and lyrically by its opening track – the warm, woody palette and the tinges of loss and regret. However, I must admit that at some points I found it a bit corny, even though if that adds a bit of charm to the songs overall. I just wished that all of the tracks were as explosive as "A 1000 Times", because when the album goes very low-key it can get a bit exhausting at the end of the.
Yet what unites them is that they tell stories I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album, a collection of songs yes, but also a collection of narratives.