Vampire Weekend are back with a new album, their first in six years. Father of the Bride is due out this spring via Columbia Records. Listen to tracks “Harmony Hall” and “2021” below.
Father of the Bride has 18 tracks and is the band’s fourth album. Their last album, 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, received widespread critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
According to a press release, the title Father of the Bride is something frontman Ezra Koenig chose years back, predating recent developments in his life, presumably meaning his son with partner Rashida Jones.
It goes on to state, “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 produced and written by Koenig and Ariel Rechtshaid, with additional production by former member Rostam Batmanglij. The other track, “2021,” was written by Koenig and legendary Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono.