Vampire Weekend are gearing up to release their fourth studio album, Father of the Bride, on May 3. So far, we’ve heard the songs “Harmony Hall,” “2021,” “Big Blue,” and “Sunflower” off the record. Today, a video for “Sunflower” has been shared featuring some heavy-hitting star power.
Directed by Jonah Hill, the clip sees appearances by the Internet’s Steve Lacy, who’s featured on the song, legendary hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, and comic icon Jerry Seinfeld. The video was shot at New York institutions Zabars as well as Barney Greengrass, making it an intrinsically NYC video. Jonah Hill previously made an appearance in the “Harmony Hall” video.
Father of the Bride is the first Vampire Weekend record in six years, following 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City. Frontman Ezra Koenig previously teased a number of special appearances on the album including ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, guitarist Greg Leisz, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, and Haim sister Danielle Haim. Jenny Lewis sings the repeating pitch-shifted “boy” refrain in “2021,” which samples Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono.
Vampire Weekend will play the WaMu theatre on Friday, September 27. Watch the video for “Sunflower” below.
"Harmony Hall" and "2021" are the first taste from the band's first record since 2013's Modern Vampires of the City