I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

by RostamRostam


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Pairing members of two of the most celebrated indie bands of the 2000s and 2010s, Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam's I Had a Dream That You Were Mine was a collaboration long in the making. The duo initially met in the late 2000s when Vampire Weekend opened for the Walkmen, and though Rostam worked on some of Leithauser's solo debut, Black Hours, it's easy to hear why they opted to share the billing this time around. Rostam brings as much of his aesthetic to these songs as Leithauser does, and it's possible to hear bits of Vampire Weekend's precise pop and surprising flourishes as well as the Walkmen's rousing and rollicking sides on each track. Both are well represented by I Had a Dream's opening and closing songs, which telegraph their yearning with the twinkling pianos that were a Walkmen staple: "A 1000 Times" uses them to welcome new love, while "1959" -- which also features Angel Deradoorian's otherworldly vocals -- uses them to evoke an old one. There's an almost surreal quality to the album's arrangements that adds to its feeling of being surrounded, and transported, by dreams and memories: as it moves from banjos to rolling pianos, "Peaceful Morning" sounds like it begins in the countryside and ends in a bar; similarly, the poignant sketch "The Bride's Dad" boasts a melody that could be a hymn or a drinking song and builds to almost comic grandeur. Both Vampire Weekend and the Walkmen were masters of creative nostalgia, and Leithauser and Rostam take their flair for reimagining classic sounds with postmodern glee to new levels on I Had a Dream That You Were Mine. The pair uses hints of Dylan's The Basement Tapes, Harry Nilsson (in hindsight, the Walkmen's cover of his album Pussy Cats ended up being a pivotal moment in their career), and doo wop in audacious and inspired ways. The "sha-dooby" backing vocals that pepper "Rough Going" could easily sound corny, yet they're as charming here as the ghostly nod to the Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You" is on "When the Truth Is...." This juxtaposition of old and new feels much more natural than it did on Black Hours, and taps into Leithauser's emotive powers fully. There's something moving about how he repeats "I use the same voice I always have" on "Sick as a Dog," a feeling that's echoed on "In a Black Out," a song Leithauser originally wrote for the Walkmen but blossoms on I Had a Dream's more intimate approach. It would be easy to say that I Had a Dream That You Were Mine rivals Rostam and Leithauser's past work, but it's better to say that it's the beginning of a great partnership.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2016
Label: Glassnote
UPC: 0810599021429
catalogNumber: 2100
Rank: 41147


  1. A 1000 Times
  2. Sick as a Dog
  3. Rough Going (I Won't Let Up)
  4. In a Black Out
  5. Peaceful Morning
  6. When the Truth Is...
  7. You Ain't That Young Kid
  8. The Bride's Dad
  9. The Morning Stars
  10. 1959

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rostam   Primary Artist
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Patterson   Drums
Jonathan Chu   Violin
Hamilton Leithauser   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Toms
Rostam Batmanglij   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Electric Bass,Celeste,Drums,Electric Guitar,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Sampling,Slide Guitar,Synthesizer Strings,Backwards Vocals,Handwriting,Toms
Hamilton Berry   Cello
Joe Santa Maria   Saxophone
Angel Deradoorian   Vocals
Wes Miles   Background Vocals
Kevin Farzad   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Brandt   Cover Packaging
Hamilton Leithauser   Composer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Art Direction,Inside Photo
Justin Gerrish   Engineer
Rostam Batmanglij   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,Art Direction,Bass Programming,Inside Photo
Nick Rowe   Engineer
Anna Stumpf   Inside Photo
Michael Harris   Engineer
John Debold   Engineer
Max Wang   Inside Photo
Zal Batmanglij   Back Cover Photo,Inside Photo
Georgiana Leithauser   Inside Photo

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