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Last week, Vampire Weekend continued to roll out tracks from their upcoming new album, Father of the Bride” (due out May 3rd via Columbia Records), and today the band shared a new video for one of the new tunes, “Sunshine,” a playful track featuring The Internet’s Steve Lacy.

The video, which was directed by Jonah Hill and features some disorienting camera work, follows Lacy and frontman Ezra Koenig as they walk through Upper East Side Manhattan staples Zabar’s and Barney Greengrass, and happen to run into comedian Jerry Seinfeld at the latter establishment.

Vampire Weekend will play a run of London shows later this month

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Vampire Weekend are rolling out the advance tracks from their new double album two at a time. At the top of this year, Ezra Koenig explained that we were to expect a two-song dispatch once a month until “Father Of The Bride” sees official release this spring. That began last January with “Harmony Hall” and “2021” but February’s planned pair of tracks did not materialize. Koenig told us on Instagram last week, the band “wanted to get it out in February but we were convinced by intelligent people to wait a week to get some ducks in a row.”

So now, a week into March, comes the latest double drop. They’ve also confirmed a March 5th release date for Father Of The Bride and revealed its official cover art.

The ostensible A-side of this latest pairing is “Sunflower” which will soon have a video directed by Jonah Hill at Zabar’s on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A collaboration with the Internet’s Steve Lacy, it’s billed as “the sibling song” of “Flower Moon” which Vampire Weekend previewed at a show last summer. The other song out today is “Big Blue” which got its first airing at a Lollapalooza .

Father Of The Bride is Vampire Weekend’s first album in a whopping six years. Their last release was 2013’s masterful Modern Vampires Of The City. A lot has happened since then, including the departure of founding member Rostam Batmanglij, though he was still involved with the creation of Father Of The Bride.

Vampire Weekend at Lollapalooza music festival photographed by Koury Angelo in Chicago, IL, USA on 04 August, 2018 for Rolling Stone.

“In some ways [our first three albums were] like kind of one massive period of obsessing, making music, touring, all those things,” Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has said. “I think now for the first time in a long time I kinda feel like, a little bit more relaxed. Like, ‘Yeah, we’ll definitely make a fourth album.'” Details are still scant, but the indie rock foursome’s leader revealed that he wants their fourth album to “feel like a new era.” He also said that discarded songs from the Modern Vampires sessions are among the tracks being considered for the as-yet-untitled project.

The NYC outfit recently returned with the joyous new track to launch their upcoming album, ‘Father Of The Bride‘. Ezra Koenig and co. have also announced a lengthy US tour, along with a summer date in Dublin. Now, the group have shared the colourful new visuals for their comeback tune.

The ‘Harmony Hall’ video sees Vampire Weekend cooking up pancakes as a snake lurks around their vibrant kitchen. Later, we see the guys perform in a candlelit room, backed by a dazzling Catherine wheel firework.

Harmony Hall/2021 available everywhere now

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Vampire Weekend fans have been waiting for the band’s fourth album (possibly titled Mitsubishi Macchiato, but also probably not) for absolutely ages. The follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City is the band’s first album for a major label, and is, according to frontman Ezra Koenig, complete. It will be the first Vampire Weekend album since the group’s Rostam Batmanglij left to pursue a career as a solo artist and pop songwriter, although he will contribute to the album in some capacity, and Ariel Rechtshaid, who worked on the group’s last record, is back on board. There’s no release date, but the band did debut a few new songs at a Lollapalooza aftershow. In the meantime, there’s always Neo Yokio.

After a very long rollout, Vampire Weekend have finally released their first new songs since 2013’s great Modern Vampires of the City, “Harmony Hall” and “2021.” They’ve also revealed that the “FOTB” initials for their new album title stand for Father of the Bride. As hinted when he first left the band, this is their first album without Rostam Batmanglij but Rostam did contribute production to the album.

“Harmony Hall” is one of Vampire Weekend’s classic Paul Simon-esque tunes, but a little folkier and more stripped back than we’re used to from VW. It’s got a callback to the “I don’t wanna live like this, but I don’t wanna die” line from “Finger Back,” and it features a Grateful Dead-esque guitar solo from Greg Leisz. “2021” is more of an ambient interlude type song, and it samples Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Haruomi Hosono.

Father of the Bride is an 18-song double album, expected out this year (exact release date TBA), and Ezra Koenig said in a Beats 1 interview with Matt Wilkinson that they’re putting out at least four more songs before its release. He also mentioned that The Internet’s Steve Lacy contributed to the album.

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