Read his official note below. A rep for the band had no comment on the announcement.
Vampire Weekend’s last album was 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, which won the band a Grammy. In the years that followed, the band’s members noted in interviews they were in the early stages of crafting their next album together. If a fourth Vampire Weekend album materializes, it will be without Rostam as a full-time member.
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The intent to focus on solo material and production work expressed in Batmanglij’s statement has been echoed in his recent output. Earlier this month, he released the solo song “EOS” via XL Recordings. In recent years, he has produced tracks by the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Santigold and Ra Ra Riot.
Rostam produced Vampire Weekend’s first two LPs and co-produced Modern Vampires, along with Ariel Rechtshaid. If he intends to slide into production-only duties going forward, the role will at least be a familiar one.