Vampire Weekend have finally dropped their highly-anticipated, versatile new album, Father of the Bride.
The jangly indie rock tunes vary from sunny, celebratory tracks with a mild country twang to gritty, folksy alternative tunes that let the guitar lines take the lead. While previous releases see frontman Ezra Koenig obsessively focusing in on technology and the digital landscape, Father of the Bride expands Koenig’s view as he explores themes of nature and the current political climate.
The 11-track album opens with a hymn-like Danielle Haim collaboration that revolves around a sweet guitar line as hollow, echoing vocals build in the background. As the album progresses, it weaves in and out of a variety of genres, from the prog rock vibes of “Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy)” to 70’s-influenced bops like “Stranger” to intimate piano-based ballads like the closing track “Jerusalem, New York, Berlin.” All-in-all Father of the Bride is self-aware in its forced paradox, like an anxious mind trying to find peace in urging itself to loosen up as Koenig embraces his obscurely uneasy songwriting tactics.
Stream Father of the Bride below.
Catch Vampire Weekend on June 5th, 2019 at RBC Echo Beach.