Rostam has shared his brand new single, ‘These Kids We Knew’.
The former Vampire Weekend man has served up another melancholic delight with his latest release, and it is a heart-warming take on how the future can only get better. This effort is the third track that Rostam has released from his forthcoming second full-length solo album, which is currently in the works. If the strength of ‘These Kids We Knew’, ‘Unfold You’ and ‘Under Control’ are anything to go by, then the four-year wait for another full-length release is going to be worth it.
He has kept busy during this period. After touring his debut effort, Rostam returned to the studio to work with Clairo and produced her debut album, Immunity. His attention then turned to create HAIM’s highly-acclaimed 2020 record, Women In Music Pt. III, before returning to his solo career. These experiences of working with other artists can only be beneficial for the album that he is waiting to release and judging from the singles so far, Rostam has grown as a solo artist.
‘These Kids We Knew’ was born out of an epiphany that Rostam had whilst he was battling COVID, and there’s an optimistic nature to the track, despite it still having a sense of gloominess running through it. In the chorus, Rostam sings the poignant line, “So we’re gonna slowly pull the earth back together” — this alludes to a brighter future and a feeling of change genuinely being on the horizon.
“I was thinking of three generations while I was writing this song,” he explained in a statement. “There’s a generation of adults who don’t see global warming as their problem because they think they won’t be impacted by it. Then there’s a generation younger than mine, who will certainly have to deal with what is happening. In the song I have a fantasy of the younger generation arresting the adults and putting them on trial in the streets of cities around the world. Those are the ‘sidewalk courts’ that I sing about in the song.
“The song was written in a fever-dream state during the second week of March last year while I was recovering from Covid-19,” Rostam added.
Fingers crossed that the story of ‘These Kids We Knew’ comes true and the next generation steer the ship to land. Whilst that remains unknown, Rostam’s latest effort provides a glimpse of hope to cling onto during these dark times that is much appreciated.