A modern take on blues
Most genres seem to change along with the years; new styles take over old ones, subsets form, and the definition of the genre broadens. Blues and soul music, however, are genres that have remained relatively unchanged compared to their rock and hip-hop brethren. Hamilton Leithauser, former singer of the legendary indie rock band The Walkmen, and Rostam Batmanglij, former multi-instrumentalist for Vampire Weekend, have come together to release their first collaborative album, I Had a Dream you Were Mine, exploring blues and soul styles through the filter of their respective indie rock roots, taking the stalwart genres in a new direction. “When the Truth Is…,” starting with a soulful slide guitar solo and sultry vocals that paint a picture of painful loneliness from Leithauser, is downtempo and written in the 6/8 time signature, giving the song a classic blues feel from the get go.