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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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ROSTAM – ” In A River “

Posted: September 14, 2018 in MUSIC
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Rostam Batmanglij is a man of his word: The Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist who first came to fame as a member of Vampire Weekend recently teased the impending release of the first single from his forthcoming second solo album, and said single has indeed arrived. “In A River” is Rostam’s first new music since the September 2017 release of his acclaimed solo debut Half-Light, though the details of his follow-up album remain mostly under wraps. “In A River” opens only with bright mandolin chords and the idyllic intimacy evoked by Rostam’s vocals (“Slide into the cool mud / Underneath the pines / Somewhere to your right or left / Is my body you can find”), which are soon joined in the chorus by a thumping 808 beat. Like its eponymous body of water, the song slows and speeds at intervals, contracting and expanding its instrumental palette in a way that feels as unknowable as nature. The song’s core sentiment is as simple as its instrumentation is complex: “We are swimming / with no clothes on / in a river in the dark,” Rostam sings. “And I am holding / onto you, boy / in the faint light of the stars.”

 

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The ex-Vampire Weekend songwriter and instrumentalist has worked all over pop music in the past few years—producing Charlie XCX, making an album with the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, remixing Ty Dolla Sign, among many other projects. Now he’s throwing it all into his own debut album, Half-Light, with the big drums and singalong melodies we’ve come to expect from Vampire Weekend, filtered through a singular songwriter with as much potential as anyone working today.

Rostam’s “Bike Dream” from the album Half-Light, due September 15, 2017 on Nonesuch Records.

ROSTAM – ” Gwan “

Posted: May 7, 2017 in MUSIC
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Rostam has released a video and official audio for one of the solo tracks he’s previewed since leaving Vampire Weekend January 2016,The track  “Gwan.” It’s a pulsating, largely percussion-less ballad; the rhythm is in the string section. The lyrics are vague and somnambulistic enough to suit the chorus (“But all of these dreams keep coming back to me slowly”) except for a passing specific reference: “Your face against the glass/Across 11th ave.” It suits the video’s NYC scenery: Rostam, mohawked and beaming, stalks around Manhattan in slightly slowed-motion,

I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

At the moment among my favourite love sonsg is “A 1000 Times” by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. It has  haunting instrumentation coupled with Hamilton’s classic howl. It’s taken from the album “I Had A Dream That You Were Mine”. I have it on repeat on my Ipod, in the car, and on  our dog walks, If I had thought the song was likeable when I first heard it on the radio,  A truly incredible album from several very talented musicians. The throwback sound will make you feel nostalgic and the gripping vocals will echo in your ears. The somewhat surprising collaboration between key members of The Walkmen and Vampire Weekend. Plus a truly wonderful video.

Vampire Weekends Rostam Batmanglij and The Walkmens Hamilton Leithauser released their collaborative album “I had A Dream That You Were Mine”  last September check out the music video for “A 1000 Times” (co-directed by Josh Goleman and Rostam) from the record. It stars both of their dads, as well as actors portraying the band at various stages of their lives. Leithauser discussed the video “Both of our dads are going to be the stars of this thing,” he said. “I’m really into that.” .

In a press release, Rostam wrote:

There’s a photo hanging on the wall at Hamilton and his wife Anna’s apartment. It’s Hamilton as a teenager in a white shirt and black jeans, surrounded by 3 of his best friends wearing the same thing; they’re playing in a band on some sunny lawn. It looks like they might be covering “Louie Louie”. I think this photo is hung at my eye level because every time I’ve been to their apartment I’ve remembered seeing it. At some point something must have clicked and inspired me to come up with this video concept— though I gotta confess originally it was meant for a different song we wrote together, one called “I Retired”. Also I want to give a shout out to Josh Goleman—this is the 3rd video we’ve directed together. I think we’re on to something.

Hamilton added:

The first concert I ever saw in my life was my dad’s band ‘The Del Ray Desperados.’  My dad was (and still is) the lead singer, Don Zientara was (and still is) on guitar, and there’s no question that’s where I got the idea that maybe I could try it some day.  When I heard the idea for this video, I knew my dad would pull it off, and I also knew there was only one kid who could get the job done right.  As anyone can see, Sam Nivola is only a few years (months?) from stardom.

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The musical partnership between Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij began, as so many do, by disturbing the parental peace. The former lead singer for the Walkmen and former multi-instrumentalist from Vampire  Weekend are both originally from the city of Washington, D.C., and they’d meet up when they went home for the holidays. 

Leithauser, now based in Brooklyn, and Batmanglij, who was based in Brooklyn but now lives in Los Angeles, released their first collaborative album together,  “I Had A Dream That You Were Mine” ,

Written and recorded from July 2014 to February 2016, the record pairs one of rock’s great voices with a pop auteur . The result are lush arrangements and doo-wop tropes Batmanglij toyed with on the last Vampire Weekend album and fills them with another charismatic vocalist from indie rock band The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser, who brings his smoky croon and elegantly rumpled lyrics. 

The two first met in March 2008, when Vampire Weekend were in Atlanta to open for the Walkmen, Leithauser and Batmanglij didn’t start working on songs together until years later, beginning with “1959,” which turned out to be the final song on I Had a Dream That You Were Mine . Batmanglij ended up writing, producing, and performing on two tracks from Leithauser’s solo debut LP, 2014’s “Black Hours” (“Alexandra” and “I Retired”). “It was a progression from there,” Leithauser says. They recorded almost the whole album in Batmanglij’s home studio in Los Angeles making it the first LP cut there—except for the drums, played by the White Rabbits Stephen Patterson, which they did in an outside studio.

They decided to bill themselves by their names, rather than as another Hamilton Leithauser solo record that happened to be co-written and produced by Batmanglij  “We wanted to put the record out in that way that both of our identities would be intact, said Batmanglij .