Fourth Album On Double LP!
Features "Harmony Hall", "Big Blue" & "Sunflower"!
Father of the Bride is the highly anticipated new album from Vampire Weekend,
and is the band's fourth full length release. It is the follow up to 2013's
Modern Vampires of the City, which won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music
Album in 2014.
Father of the Bride is produced by founding band member Ezra Koenig, and Ariel
Rechtshaid (Adele, Madonna, Charli XCX, Usher, HAIM, Solange, and others). The
album features 18 songs, including "Harmony Hall", "Big Blue", "2021" and
"Sunflower." Guest vocalist Danielle Haim is featured on several songs, while
opening track "Hold You Now" includes a sample from Hans Zimmer's score for the
1998 war film The Thin Red Line.
"At 18 songs in under an hour, Vampire Weekend's first album in six years
sounds at first like a manic effort to make up lost time. Singer-guitarist Ezra
Koenig, the band’s composer-lyricist and a co-producer on virtually every track,
has stuffed his hooks and bridges with so many change-ups in rhythm, guitar tone
and dramatic instrumental flourish that, by the finish, you feel like you've
been whipped through a modern-pop homage to the Beatles' Abbey Road medley –
twice over... But Vampire Weekend now look like the smartest guys in the room,
marshalling a sumptuous, emotionally complex music perfect in this pop moment."
- Rolling Stone
"Vampire Weekend's fourth album is adventurous, joyful, weird, and familiar
in all the right ways. It knows when to leap and when to look to the band's
foundation; it stretches in several directions and then snaps back into focus.
It's unmistakably a Vampire Weekend record, yet unmistakably not quite like the
others." - The A.V. Club
"Any thinking person has a lot to wrap their mind around these days. In doing
so, one of rock's most thoughtful songwriters has given us much to unpack. At 18
tracks, Father Of The Bride is both dense and sprawling, rich with ideas and
Easter eggs and dazzling musical flourishes. Koenig considers it a double album,
but unlike recent two-disc streaming grabs from Drake and Migos, not a second
feels wasted. Although much of it defies easy interpretation, taken together the
project's themes resonate loudly into this moment. It also works wonders as
summertime backyard party music." - Stereogum
"Vampire Weekend have always brandished a certain type of confidence on their records, one partially informed no doubt by their established place in the indie rock hipster canon. They're still confident on Father of the Bride; however, it's the kind less concerned with coolness. 'I think I took myself too serious,' a telling voice narrates the beginning of the song 'Sympathy', 'it's not that serious.' But loosening the grip doesn't mean sacrificing quality, as the group turns in some of the brightest, warmest, and most gorgeous melodies of their careers all while touching on classic rock, pop, jazz, and even country (thanks, Kacey Musgraves!). What's changed this time around is Vampire Weekend actually, finally sound at peace with themselves about it. Mazel tov." - Consequence of Sound, The Top 25 Albums of 2019 (So Far), June 2019
"Father Of The Bride opens with 'Hold You Now,' a sun-bleached and Valencia-filtered country-rock duet, with Ezra Koenig singing alongside Danielle Haim, both vocalists affecting light Nashville twangs. It sounds nothing like anything on Vampire Weekend's first three albums. However, it does sound like one of those early-'70s Gram Parsons-Emmylou Harris songs, specifically '$1,000 Wedding,'…one of the saddest songs in history even though nobody is quite sure what transpires in it. Just like '$1,000 Wedding,' Vampire Weekend's fourth album never tells you what is transpiring at any given moment during any one of its 18 tracks. It asks you to look at scenes from different perspectives, to understand them. The songs don't merely allow for multiple interpretations, they require them. Father Of The Bride is also a work of Nabokovian complexity, and every detail is intentional: the cover art, its title, the fact that its title is a reference to the 1991 remake Father Of The Bride as opposed to the original movie from 1950. What if you don't care? It doesn't matter. The music is outrageously rich no matter how you listen, and the whole thing ends the same either way. As Steve Lacy murmurs in the opening moments of side-three freakout 'Sympathy': 'It's not that serious.'" - Stereogum, The 50 Best Albums Of 2019 So Far, June 2019
1. Hold You Now
2. Harmony Hall
4. This Life
5. Big Blue Side B:
1. How Long?
2. Unbearably White
3. Rich Man
4. Married In A Gold Rush Side C:
1. My Mistake
4. Flower Moon
5. 2021 Side D:
1. We Belong Together
3. Spring Snow
4. Jerusalem, New York, Berlin