Here's a pairing I didn't know was taking place but couldn't be more excited about, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. Rostam has made multiple appearances on this site for his solo work (which is some of my favorite stuff to come out in the past few years), but he's best known for being 1/4 of Vampire Weekend (produced Vampire Weekend and Contra, co-produced Modern Vampires of the City). Though Rostam has now left the band (in a full time capacity) to pursue different directions, he will still remain a contributing member. Hamilton, who is best known for his work as the frontman for rock outfit The Walkmen, took his act solo as well, in 2012. It's a bit of a surprise that Hamilton chose to go solo after, what I thought, was The Walkmen's best, and 7th, album, Heaven. However, his 2014 solo debut Black Hours (listen to "The Silent Orchestra" to become an instant fan), was a spectacular start to what I'm sure will be a solid continuation to an already great career in music. This extremely condensed history lesson has now come to a close. Thank you.
"A 1000 Times" seems to be the perfect blend of Rostam's light and dreamy style combined with the retro-rock crooner persona Hamilton adopted on his solo album. They compliment each other beautifully, as Hamilton belts over a heavy drum beat before the two harmonize over a soft to loud chorus. I'm really excited to see what else they have in store for us, as it has all the makings of something special.