It’s been six years since New Yorkers Vampire Weekend released Modern Vampires of the City. In the meantime, frontman Ezra Koenig has helped produce Beyoncé’s incendiary Lemonade album, become a talk-radio host and created an anime series (no, really). Rostam Batmanglij also amicably left the band in 2016. Teasing us ahead of their new album, Father of The Bride, today the band dropped two songs: ‘Harmony Hall’ and ‘2021’.
‘Harmony Hall’ is a breath of fresh air, reminiscent of their 2008 heyday, where songs like ‘Oxford Comma’ melded bright summery tunes with uncertainty-filled lyrics. It’s clear that the break has done Koenig and co good, and ‘Harmony Hall’ sounds both assured and exuberant. While running times mean a lot less these days, it was also a brave decision to release a five-minute tune alongside ‘2021’, which clocks in at just one minute thirty-eight seconds. Small and perfectly formed, here the band bring some of that Lemonade-style minimalism on board, with a repeated echo loop and synths and bare guitar.
Father of the Bride will be released gradually- we can expect two songs a month until the complete album is with us in May. Listen to ‘Harmony Hall’ and ‘2021’ below: