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Rostam Batmanglij Defines His Musical Identity

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Donald Koontz

And, like many people who experience this success at a young age, he did.

He talks at length about legacy and context, the extent to which one’s musical identity can only be defined by the past.

Yet his career has been eclectic and unpredictable, characterized by a seeming lack of big-picture strategy.

Later this month, Batmanglij will release “Half-Light,” his first album as a solo artist.

But after the Iranian Revolution, in 1979, they moved to the South of France, where Najmieh gave birth to their oldest son, Zal, who is now a filmmaker.

The seeming rigidity of French society troubled them.

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