I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
The first sounds you hear on I Had A Dream You Were Mine are Hamilton Leithauser’s inimitable, raspy tenor and the plink of a barroom piano, likely played by Rostam Batmanglij.
The piano melody follows the vocals in the opening strains of “A 1000 Times”, the song that contains a line with the duo’s album title. From the first, the two artists, better known for their work in group settings — Leithauser in the Walkmen and Rostam in Vampire Weekend — explore the delicate pairing of two solo artists in a duo. The tension proves to be a generative one, the freedom of leaving a legacy group intermingling with the power of new collaboration. The album Leithauser and Batmanglij wrote together largely concerns loss, but, reading contrapuntally, it just as easily explores about what they’ve found together.
— Consequence of Sound