Rostam – Don’t Let It Get To You

November 18, 2011

Rostam Batmanglij, the electric-avant-popist from Vampire Weekend and Discovery, has a knack for throwing some synth against a simple up-tempo drum-beat and coming out with a hook. “Don’t Let It Get To You” has all the sonic tropes of a Vampire Weekend track, but where Ezra Koenig usually relies on sarcasm and self-reflexivity, Rostam inserts earnestness and emotion. It allows for all the fun of sweet-as-sugar indie-pop, without the guilt. Most of all, it’s just wildly catchy.