Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has provided new details on the band’s forthcoming album Father of the Bride in a new interview with the Sunday Times.
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In the interview, Koenig revealed that the album’s opening track, “Hold You Now,’ is a folky tune that includes a sample from Hans Zimmer’s score for 1998’s war flick The Thin Red Line. Additionally, fans can expect guest vocals from recurring collaborator Danielle Haim on multiple tracks.
Koenig also discussed yet-to-be-released track “Jerusalem, New York, Berlin,” which is lyrically about Koenig’s struggle to reconcile his Jewish identity with America’s complex relationship with Palestine. In addition to this political tune, Koenig spoke out about his support for Bernie Sanders. “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,” Koenig explained in the interview. “I also subscribe to the brief that Trump doesn’t represent an upheaval so much as a moment of clarity about the way things have always been.”
In addition to the interview, Koenig teased the last batch of singles to be released before Father of the Bride, which are set to drop on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. The two new singles will have titles with the initials “TL and “UW,” and will follow previously released tracks “Harmony Hall,” “2021,” “Sunflower,” and “Big Blue.”
Check out the teaser below.
Father of the Bride is set to drop on May 3rd, and you can catch Vampire Weekend at RBC Echo Beach on June 5th, 2019.