Vampire Weekend announced on Thursday (Jan. 24) that their fourth album, Father of the Bride, will be released in the spring on Columbia Records, while tantiliizing fans with two new tracks “Harmony Hall” and the brief, abstract “2021.”
The title of the 18-track follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City was picked by singer Ezra Koenig several years ago, according to a press release announcing the project, before “recent significant developments in his life,” a seeming allusion to the singer’s welcoming of a child with longtime partner actress/director Rashida Jones last summer.
“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,” the release says.
The bright, poppy “Harmony Hall” was written by Koenig and produced by the singer and longtime collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid, with additional production by former VW member Rostam Batmanglij. The more spare, spooky “2021” is credited to Koenig and Japanese pop legend and Yellow Magic Orchestra founder Haruomi Hosono and produced by Rechtshaid and Koenig.
In a recent tweet, Koenig said the band will release, “three 2-song drops every month until the record is out.”
Listen to both songs below.