Gravity Don't Pull Me

Album: Single release only (2016)
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  • This song tackles the subject of regret, as a guilt-ridden Rostam admits to messing up a relationship.
  • The music clip, directed by Batmanglij and Josh Goleman, stars YouTube dancers Jack Grabow and Sam Asa Pratt. "This video was in some ways years in the making," Rostam said. "In 2010 I came across a YouTube video Jack Grabow posted when he was a senior in high school of himself improvising dance to the [Vampire Weekend] song 'I Think Ur a Contra'. I was really proud of the drum parts I'd written for the end of the song and I felt like he was able to capture those rhythms in a serious way - I got a feeling he understood what I was getting at in a way that I wondered if anyone ever would."

    "When I finished a version of 'Gravity Don't Pull Me' in the fall of 2015, Jack was one of the first people I sent it to," he continued. "I was pretty clear on what I wanted – Jack to choreograph a dance to be mirrored by another dancer for a symmetrically shot performance on camera."

    "He chose to bring in Sam Asa Pratt," Rostam added. "The two had been in the same dance club in high school and I recognised Sam from a video he'd posted of himself dancing to the song 'Osaka Loop Line' from the Discovery album."

    Discovery was the eponymous debut album by Rostam Batmanglij's electro-soul project with Wesley Miles, the vocalist from Ra Ra Riot. It was released on July 7, 2009.


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