Vampire Weekend Leaks More Details About Upcoming Album

Bernie Sanders Support, Multiple Songs with Danielle Haim, and a Hans Zimmer Sample

April 1, 2019

In a recent interview with the Sunday Times Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig revealed new details about their forthcoming album, Father of the Bride. The opening track is gong to be "Hold You Now" a song that includes a choral sample from the Hans-Zimmer scored The Thin Red Line. 

There are also a few songs with Danielle Haim, including a country duet called "Married in a Gold Rush".

The album includes a track called "Unbearably White", which Koenig says is partially about how “Infighting among white people about who is marginally more or less white is not particularly interesting.” The album closer, “Jerusalem, New York, Berlin,” features a reference to the Balfour Declaration, the post-World War I statement announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. The writer adds, “Koenig feels strongly that fans should hear the new music before he offers context.”

Koeniz also talked about his support for Bernie Sanders in the interview. Vampire Weekend headlined events with Sanders during the 2017 US election primaries, and Koenig is backing the politician again for the 2020 election cycle. 

“I like to believe he’s less of a sociopath than a lot of people who want to be president, but it’s hard to be as excited as I was in 2016. That was the first time I felt deeply about a candidate. I also subscribe to the belief that Trump doesn’t represent an upheaval so much as a moment of clarity about the way things have always been. Which isn’t to say there aren’t uniquely horrifying things happening, but there were under every administration,” Koenig says, before shouting out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s similarly “dignified, calm” demeanor.

Vampire Weekend are releasing "UW" presumably "Unbearably White" and a track with the intials "TL" on Thursday at 8AM EST, according to the Instagram post below.

final two-song drop next week ! TL / UW out next Thursday, April 4 (8 am Eastern Time.) bittersweet dropping the last drop. I kinda love this two songs at a time thing but ultimately it’s meant to be heard as an album. FATHER OF THE BRIDE. get ready.

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Father of the Bride is out May 3rd via Columbia Records 


Source: Stereo Gum