Artists Vampire Weekend performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee. (AFP/Jason Merritt)
Vampire Weekend's frontman Ezra Koenig took to Instagram to reveal that the band has a double album on the way and a first pair of singles set to drop next week.
The band's most recent album, "Modern Vampires of the City," dropped nearly six years ago, in 2013, a gap Koenig addressed at the start of his Instagram post: "Personally, I think it's a dignified pace befitting a band that's already placed three albums in stores but everyone has their own sense of time."
In any case, fans will not need to wait much longer for the band's next drop. Koenig went on to reveal that their upcoming album will be called "FOTB" ("well those are the initials," he specified) and it will include 18 songs, coming in at 59 minutes.
"Is it a double album? The vinyl will be a double so...yes?" he wrote.
To the fans: I know that 5-6 years is considered a long time between records. Personally, I think it’s a dignified pace befitting a band that’s already placed three albums in stores but everyone has their own sense of time. (I swear the time between 3 & 4 felt shorter to me than 2 & 3. I may be in the minority on this one.) This album didn’t really take any longer to write/record than MVOTC. We just took more time on the front end to chill. I’ll admit I may have stretched out the mixing/mastering process (aka THE END) a little bit cuz spending half the day with my family & half the day at Ariel’s is my ideal life-rhythm & it’s painful to say goodbye to that rhythm. Many of you have been hungry for information and we’ve given you very little. I don’t like talking abt a project while in the middle of making it. I usually regret everything I say cuz it turns out to be wrong (so disregard anything I may have said in the past 5 years.) I thought abt making a recording diary to tide over the people leaving intense comments but…to me, the album IS the recording diary…man. It’s called “FOTB” (well those are the initials - that’s a VW tradition) and it’s 18 songs. Picked the name a few years ago. At some point early on, the album drifted from the Mitsubishi Macchiato aesthetic. It was a helpful guiding principle tho. Working titles are important too. It’s a lot of songs but they all belong there. (If you disagree, you can always say it was 6 songs too long & make a lil 12-song playlist version of it.) At first, I wanted to make two 23-song albums on some human chromosome shit but then 23&me started doing Spotify playlists and I don’t know…felt we’d been scooped. Is it a double album? The vinyl will be double so…yes? It’s about 59 minutes long. We can talk more abt that later – if u care. To me, it’s just FOTB. Anyway, we’re gonna start releasing music next week. After all that waiting, you should have the general schedule: -There will be three 2-song drops every month until the record is out. 1. hh/2021 2. s/bb 3. tl/uw. (plans can change that’s the plan) Thank you for ur patience, Ezra
The group plans to start releasing music next week, launching a drop schedule in which two new songs are released every month over the next three months, until the album is out. While this would suggest an April release or thereabouts, Koenig did not specify an album drop date.
"1. hh/2021 2. s/bb 3. tl/uw. (plans can change that's the plan)," he concluded by way of a cryptic indication of the upcoming track titles.
"FOTB" will mark the first album for Vampire Weekend since founding member Rostam Batmanglij left the group in 2016.