Father of the Bride (album)
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|Singles from Father of the Bride|
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, 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
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. 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.
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". 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. 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. On August 4, 2018, while performing at Lollapalooza 2018, Koenig announced that their fourth studio album was complete.
Release and promotion
In a September 2017 interview, Koenig predicted the album would be released in early 2018, with numerous percentage updates of the album's completion following throughout 2018. 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. During the group's Lollapalooza after-show in August, the group debuted new music from Koenig's phone, including "Harmony Hall" and "Sunflower".
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.
The album's first singles, "Harmony Hall" and "2021", were released on January 24, with the album's full title announced. 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.
Music and lyrics
"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.
The album will feature 18 tracks in total.
All tracks written by Ezra Koenig, except where noted.
|12.||"Sunflower" (featuring Steve Lacy)||2:17|
|14.||"2021" (music: Haruomi Hosono, Koenig)||1:38|
- Co-produced "Big Blue"
- Additional production on "Harmony Hall"
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