Father of the Bride (album)

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Father of the Bride
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
Recorded2016–2018
Label
Producer
Vampire Weekend chronology
Modern Vampires of the City
(2013)
Father of the Bride
(2019)
Singles from Father of the Bride
  1. "Harmony Hall" / "2021"
    Released: January 24, 2019
  2. "Sunflower" / "Big Blue"
    Released: March 6, 2019

Father of the Bride is the upcoming fourth studio album by American indie rock band Vampire Weekend. It will be released on May 3, 2019 by Columbia Records,[2] and was preceded by two double singles: "Harmony Hall" / "2021" and "Sunflower" / "Big Blue".

The album's release will mark the band's first project in nearly six years, following Modern Vampires of the City (2013), and the group's first album since multi-instrumentalist and producer Rostam Batmanglij's departure from the group. The album was produced by Modern Vampires collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid and lead singer Ezra Koenig, and features numerous external collaborators, including Steve Lacy, David Longstreth, Danielle Haim, Jenny Lewis and Batmanglij.

Background and recording[edit]

After remaining quiet following the conclusion of their Modern Vampires tour, on January 26, 2016, Batmanglij announced his departure from the band via Twitter. He emphasised that he and Koenig would continue to collaborate.[3][4] Later the same day, Koenig announced that Vampire Weekend was in the studio working on their upcoming fourth album, with Batmanglij contributing to the record. The album's working title was revealed to be Mitsubishi Macchiato.[5]

In March 2017, Koenig revealed on Instagram that during 2016 he had spent time writing the album and researching in libraries with grad students. Additionally, he revealed that the album, still under the working title of Mitsubishi Macchiato, would feature a more 'spring-time' vibe and at the time consisted of songs entitled "Flower Moon" and "Conversation".[6] In a September 2017 interview with Zane Lowe, Ezra briefly spoke about the album and stated that it was "about 80% done". He mentioned that the album would feature collaborations with producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who had co-produced Modern Vampires, with additional guest appearances including Batmanglij.[7] In a December 2017 interview, Koenig maintained that Batmanglij was involved in a few songs, including material that they had started working on long ago, and that their method of collaboration had not changed despite the latter's departure from the band. He also noted that collaborating with Kanye West had inspired him to collaborate with a wider variety of musicians on the album. In the same interview Koenig revealed that his songwriting for the album had been influenced by country singer Kacey Musgraves, stating "I'm the type of person who has spent hours poring over the avant-garde poetic lyrics of certain songwriters, and there was something that felt so good [about how] from the first verse, you knew who was singing, who they were singing to, what kind of situation they were in", noting that this hadn't applied to many Vampire Weekend songs.[8] On August 4, 2018, while performing at Lollapalooza 2018, Koenig announced that their fourth studio album was complete.[9]

Release and promotion[edit]

In a September 2017 interview, Koenig predicted the album would be released in early 2018,[7] with numerous percentage updates of the album's completion following throughout 2018.[10] In June 2018, the group debuted "Flower Moon", a collaboration with Steve Lacy, in Ojai, California as a part of their first live show in four years.[11][12] During the group's Lollapalooza after-show in August, the group debuted new music from Koenig's phone, including "Harmony Hall" and "Sunflower".[13][14]

On January 17, 2019, Koenig announced the acronym of the band's fourth album title as FOTB, and revealed that the album consisted of 18 songs, running at approximately 59 minutes. He also announced that the album would be promoted by three monthly double A-side singles, beginning the following week.[15]

The album's first singles, "Harmony Hall" and "2021", were released on January 24, with the album's full title announced.[16] The second double single, consisting of "Sunflower" and "Big Blue" was released on March 6, alongside an announcement of the album's release date and artwork.[14]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono is sampled on "2021"

"2021" is built around a sample of ambient track "Watering a Flower", composed in the 1980s by Haruomi Hosono for Japanese retail company Muji. It features a soft pulsing synth and fingerpicked guitars, along with a distorted vocal sample of the word "boy" sung by Jenny Lewis.[17][18][19]

Track listing[edit]

The album will feature 18 tracks in total.[20]

All tracks written by Ezra Koenig, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
2."Harmony Hall"5:08
5."Big Blue"1:48
12."Sunflower" (featuring Steve Lacy)2:17
14."2021" (music: Haruomi Hosono, Koenig)1:38

Personnel[edit]

Credits for "Harmony Hall" and "2021" adapted from Qobuz.[21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Co-produced "Big Blue"
  2. ^ Additional production on "Harmony Hall"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon. "Here Comes The 'Bride': Inside Vampire Weekend's New Album". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Acevedo, Angelica. "Vampire Weekend releases 'Sunflower' and 'Big Blue', Confirm Album Release Date". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Phillips, Amy (January 26, 2016). "Rostam Batmanglij Quits Vampire Weekend". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  4. ^ Grebey, James (January 26, 2016). "Rostam Batmanglij Quits Vampire Weekend". SPIN. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Blistein, Jon (January 26, 2016). "Ezra Koenig Talks New Vampire Weekend LP, Rostam Batmanglij's Exit". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  6. ^ Koenig, Ezra (March 25, 2017). "every day I get comments & questions about the next Vampire Weekend album". Retrieved March 7, 2019 – via Instagram.
  7. ^ a b "Ezra Koenig Shares Update on New Vampire Weekend Album". Stereogum. September 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Brown, Eric Renner (December 11, 2017). "Ezra Koenig previews Vampire Weekend's fourth LP: 'You want to age gracefully and not boringly'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  9. ^ Daly, Rhian (August 5, 2018). "Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig tells Lollapalooza fourth album is 'done'". NME. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Schatz, Lake (June 1, 2018). "Vampire Weekend say they're "94.5%" done with new album". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  11. ^ Gray, Julia (June 17, 2018). "Vampire Weekend Tease New Song "Flower Moon" Featuring Steve Lacy at Second Ojai Show". Stereogum. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Renshaw, David (June 18, 2018). "Watch Vampire Weekend debut a new song featuring Steve Lacy". The Fader. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (August 6, 2018). "Ezra Koenig Debuts New Vampire Weekend Songs From His Phone at Lollapalooza Aftershow". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Vampire Weekend (February 28, 2019). "SUNFLOWER / BIG BLUE OUT NEXT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6". Retrieved March 1, 2019 – via Instagram.
  15. ^ Koenig, Ezra (January 17, 2019). "To the fans". Retrieved January 18, 2019 – via Instagram.
  16. ^ Strauss, Matthew; Bloom, Madison (January 24, 2018). "Vampire Weekend Reveal New Album Title Father of the Bride, Share New Songs: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "Vampire Weekend Return After Six Years With 'Harmony Hall,' '2021'". Rolling Stone. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  18. ^ Strauss, Matthew; Bloom, Madison (January 24, 2018). "Vampire Weekend Reveal New Album Title Father of the Bride, Share New Songs: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  19. ^ Tencic, Nat (January 25, 2018). "First Spin: Vampire Weekend's '2021' and 'Harmony Hall' were worth the wait". Triple J. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend". Apple Music. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  21. ^ "Harmony Hall / 2021 | Vampire Weekend". Qobuz. Retrieved January 27, 2019.

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