You could get a college degree plus possibly your masters, depending on the program, in the time it’s been between Vampire Weekend records. Perhaps because of this, the band has been extremely generous in the album rollout for Father of the Bride. Unveiling singles in pairs, the Ezra Koenig-led band have already shared “Harmony Hall,” “2021,” “Sunflower,” and “Big Blue. Today, they’ve shared two more, “This Life” and “Unbearably White.”
The former features HAIM sister Danielle Haim and was produced by Koenig, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Dave Macklovich. The song references Koenig collaborator iLoveMakonnen’s “Tonight” in the chorus, “You’ve been cheatin’ on, cheatin’ on me/I’ve been cheatin’ on, cheatin’ on you.”
“Unbearably White” is a more downtempo affair, with additional production from BloodPop, alongside Rechtshaid and Koenig. Also, Stereogum cleverly pointed out that the song is likely a reference to an article written in 2015 titled “Why ‘Indie’ Music Is So Unbearably White” that uses a photo of Koenig as it’s lead photo.
Father Of The Bride follows 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City and is out May 3 on Columbia. Vampire Weekend will play the WaMu Theatre on Friday, September 27 with Soccer Mommy opening. Listen to “This Life” and “Unbearably White” below.
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"Harmony Hall" and "2021" are the first taste from the band's first record since 2013's Modern Vampires of the City