After what seemed like an eternity to some, Vampire Weekend have dropped the news via social media that they will be releasing their fourth album initialled, ‘FOTB.’ Lead singer Ezra Koenig said the album contains 18 songs, with a total run length of 59 minutes.
Koenig confirmed that leading up to the release of the album, there will be three two-song drops each moth. The band said that they will start releasing new music next week, although the release date of the entire album is still yet to be confirmed.
“It’s a lot of songs but they all belong there”; Vampire Weekend have finished recording their fourth album initialled ‘FOTB’, which is set to be released sometime this year.
Koenig addressed the six year gap between albums by justifying that they have already released three full-length albums since their inception.
“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.”
Evidently, the band didn’t seem to notice the length of time in between albums.
“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.”
Vampire Weekend’s last Australian appearance was at Splendour In The Grass 2018. With another album under their belt, let’s hope they head down under again soon.
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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