Previewed by a two-hour guitar loop teaser, new Vampire Weekend tracks “Harmony Hall” and “2021” are now available across digital platforms, and as visualizations HERE. The pair of new songs are the first to be released of the 18 tracks comprising Vampire Weekend’s forthcoming fourth album, Father of the Bride, due out in spring 2019 on Columbia Records.
Father of the Bride closes a six-year gap since 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City—a period during which the band’s Ezra Koenig was anything but idle: In addition to touring the world and winning a Best Alternative GRAMMY for Modern Vampires…, Koenig released his Netflix anime series Neo Yokio, continued to host his Time Crisis show on Beats1, co-wrote and produced Beyonce’s “Hold Up”… all the while living the experiences and observations that would inform the next Vampire Weekend album.
Father of the Bride’s title is something Koenig chose years back, well before recent significant developments in his life. In typical VW fashion, the title has multiple layers of meaning, expressing the band’s signature paradox: creating songs that easily find a home on any playlist—or car radio, TV show, film soundtrack, airport PA, etc.— but reveal their complexities upon closer listening.
“Harmony Hall” was written by Ezra Koenig and produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig, with additional production by Rostam Batmanglij. “2021” was written by Ezra Koenig & Haruomi Hosono and produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig.