Indie rockers Vampire Weekend drop new music after long break

Brenda Watkins
January 26, 2019

In August, Vampire Weekend played their first full show in 4 years at Chicago's Lollapalooza festival.

"2021" is short and sweet, and based on a sample by Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono, according to Rolling Stone.

The first new song, "Harmony Hall", is typical of the band's arty pop style but with an infusion of folk and a Grateful Dead-esque guitar solo.

Ahead of the release of their new and fourth album Father of the Bride this Spring, Vampire Weekend have dropped two new songs - Harmony Hall and 2021. The "Harmony Hall" audio video on YouTube features an array of bugs and mention of summertime. "So I think this is a very small taste of the whole record but this gives a little bit of a sense of what you might expect".

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Father of the Bride will comprise 18 tracks in total and was produced by Koenig and Ariel Rechtshaid, along with some production help from former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij.

Listen to the two new singles below. Vampire Weekend, who haven't released music in 6 years, seemingly weren't keen to release the album's name either, and instead offered a reward via their Instagram for anyone who could crack the significance of the FOTB acronym. Jenny Lewis sings the word "boy" on it.

Father of the Bride does not have an official release date. They then said there have been good guesses about what the title of their album is, and they made a decision to hold a sort of contest: "Today and today only if you correctly guess the title in the comments of this post, we'll send you something".

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