Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

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Here are the first two songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfGEq0JWxGM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmnjkZEkiA

Number None, Thursday, 24 January 2019 13:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Koenig revealed some other details about the record in a Beats 1 interview with Matt Wilkinson. Koenig said that ex-VW member Rostam Batmanglij contributed production to “Harmony Hall,” and that there’s another track that they “worked very closely on.” He also said that guitarist Greg Leisz plays the solo on “Harmony Hall” and is “all over the record,” while Dave Longstreth contributed another guitar part to “Harmony Hall.” Danielle Haim is also credited on the track. Jenny Lewis sings the “boy” motif in “2021,” Koenig revealed to NPR.

Speaking about “2021,” Koenig said that the track samples Japanese music icon Haruomi Hosono. “This is music that he composed in the ’80s to be played in Muji stores in Japan,” Koenig explained. “And when I first heard it, I was so struck by it and I immediately started looping it and I started writing this song on top of it. So anyway, shout out to Haruomi Hosono, who has graciously cleared the sample for us, and I guess shout out to Muji, too. They don’t own it anymore, he does, but, you know.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Koenig confirmed that the Internet’s Steve Lacy is on FOTB.

Number None, Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That piano in "Harmony Hall" has my name written on it. A minute too long, though.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'Harmony Hall' is a reference to Owenism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owenism

I'm beginning to really feel the lyrics:

Anger wants a voice / Voices wanna sing
Singers harmonize / Til they can’t hear anything
I thought that I was free / From all that questioning
But every time a problem ends / Another one begins

And the stone walls / of Harmony Hall / bear witness
Anybody with a worried mind could never forgive the sight
Of wicked snakes / Inside a place / You thought was dignified
I don’t wanna live like this / But I don’t wanna die

There's something really frightening about 'Singers Harmonize til they can't hear anything'. And of course the harmonizing on 'can't hear anything'.

Frederik B, Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'Harmony Hall' is a reference to Owenism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owenism

Or maybe just the name of a dorm at Columbia

jaymc, Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

there's a dorm named Owenize?

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'Harmony Hall' is a reference to Owenism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owenism
Or maybe just the name of a dorm at Columbia

― jaymc, 24. januar 2019 15:21 (nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Lol, that makes it even better.

Frederik B, Thursday, 24 January 2019 14:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

2021 samples that Hosono meme song.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This comment section is gold by yt standards

https://youtu.be/34UutDrXV2Q

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

HH sort of sounds like grateful dead no?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

solo sounds so much like "Touch of Grey" yeah

"Finger Back" is one of my favorite VW songs but even I find the extensive quoting of the song - lyrically & musically - very strange. Don't know what to make of it.

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Harmony hall kinda country

flopson, Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

so far these sound like the parts of ‘modern’ that i wasn’t crazy about

flopson, Thursday, 24 January 2019 18:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I dig 2021 but it’s 99% because of the sample.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

HH is too MOR music for my taste hope the whole album isn’t in this vein.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it's too dense with musical touches for MOR.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

kinda deflated that this is where their production ended up after modern vampires tbh

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That's what happens after six years. Imagine if they'd issued their Aerial.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i've seen a few folks around the internet suggesting that HH sounds too MOR or commercial

what specifically is it about the older records that kept them from feeling commercial/MOR? the highlife guitar? the synths on contra? the distortion on MVOTC?

i think the song rules personally but i'm also fascinated by the social baggage certain sounds accumulate in peoples' minds

james brooks, Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

kinda disappointed by both. HH leaning on recycling a previous song's refrain is just distracting.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 24 January 2019 20:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Dig both of these songs. Can't wait to listen again when I'm not at my work computer with mediocre headphones.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Thursday, 24 January 2019 20:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I didn't hear "Finger Back" until someone pointed out, actually.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 January 2019 20:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Aw... I was so excited to hear new stuff from them AT LAST !
But very disappointed... HH sounds like the opening song for a 90s romcom...

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 24 January 2019 20:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

kinda disappointed by both. HH leaning on recycling a previous song's refrain is just distracting.


This is still so weird to me. Is there a precedent for this? It’s not like they interpolated a rare b side or outtake (and they have very few), it’s on their last album.

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 January 2019 21:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

rappers do it all the time

the problem with it in this case is that now Fingerback is stuck in my head, not HH

Οὖτις, Thursday, 24 January 2019 21:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xpost on Ottoman, Ezra recycled the "feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel too" line from Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

J. Sam, Thursday, 24 January 2019 22:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this is a much better pair of singles than the first two we got for MVOTC

ufo, Thursday, 24 January 2019 22:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

uh neither of these touch “step”

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

otm

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Who ever said HH sounded like Touch of Grey is way too otm

harvey wall/barrier (voodoo chili), Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Seriously that solo tho

Like both these songs

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xpost on Ottoman, Ezra recycled the "feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel too" line from Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa


that was a B side, not a lead single

rappers do a lot of things VW don’t

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I’m not annoyed just perplexed, and as a meta touch within the context of the double LP might be cool

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

whether or not it works is up for debate but it seemed pretty obvious to me that that was done for artistic effect

iatee, Friday, 25 January 2019 00:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i actually really liked "Harmony Hall" on first listen. not sure why it's so unlike around here.

Bee OK, Friday, 25 January 2019 02:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i think everything everyone is picking out in harmony hall (the solo, the dead vibe, the piano, the meta chorus) has been done with extreme intent. it's an incredible song and i hope the rest of the album is this worked over because that's what vw does really well.

call all destroyer, Friday, 25 January 2019 02:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it's very pretty

harvey wall/barrier (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 January 2019 02:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah i'm liking it despite going in skeptical that they could make me care again

ciderpress, Friday, 25 January 2019 03:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i don't hate it!

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 25 January 2019 04:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I expected to not care one bit about this, but HH is a very nice song that I might listen to a dozen times over the course of my life.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 25 January 2019 04:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"harmony hall" is a little fractured structurally and some of the vocal parts are not his best, but i personally love the production

that said i like "2021" better

it all kinda reminds me of dirty projectors a bit, at least as far as the guitars go

J0rdan S., Friday, 25 January 2019 04:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

& i guess longstreth played on hh

J0rdan S., Friday, 25 January 2019 04:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

After a few more plays of HH, it's not as bad as I first thought.
I still don't find it great (nowhere near their previous singles) and am still disappointed after 6 years but the production/arrangements are more vivid than on MVOTC and it does sound good (especially the bass/drums with a kinda madchester groove !).

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Loving 'Harmony Hall', like you know how when bands try and do a 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' thing and it's usually rubbish? This actually pulls it off.

Matt DC, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I liked 'Modern Vampires' a lot as well but I feel like another indie pop record with multicoloured synths and huge clattery drums is the last thing the world needs right now.

Matt DC, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

re: madchester and "you can't always get what you want" i definitely thought of "movin' on up" on first listen

"harmony hall" feels exactly where they should be at this point in their career - a little more relaxed & not as frantic or with as much of the tightly wound baroque flourishes, a good way to mature

ufo, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah MVOTC lacked the baroque keyboards/strings as well as the afro guitar licks and a general lightness.
It's good if they go back to these key aspects of their sound.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 January 2019 10:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

MVOTC still had some of the baroque aspect ("step" and "don't lie" especially, which were some of the stronger tracks) but lacked that general lightness from the afro guitar etc. and i think that contrast was fairly key to the first two albums. "harmony hall" is a return to that lightness but not quite to the same degree which is what i like about it

ufo, Friday, 25 January 2019 11:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yes, I totally agree.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 January 2019 11:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

All I can think about is how Brad Paisley married the actress from Father of the Bride and then wrote a song about how he married the actress from Father of the Bride and titled it Back to the Future.

peace, man, Friday, 25 January 2019 13:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Liking "Harmony Hall" a lot. It hits enough positive touchstones for me ("Movin' on Up" was the one that immediately came to mind) and combines them in an interesting and catchy enough way to stand apart. I also didn't notice the "Finger Back" quote until reading it here, but that's not one of my favorite songs on MVOTC. "2021" doesn't do much for me, but seems like a song that may have more purpose for the flow of an album

Vinnie, Saturday, 26 January 2019 02:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

k nvm i love both of these. excited for the rest of the album!!!

flopson, Saturday, 26 January 2019 03:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

2021 sounds kinda 1975

flopson, Monday, 28 January 2019 03:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Feels like a slight move back towards the bubbly synthetic touches of Contra. Is it me or has his voice/singing changed (seems a bit more generic somehow)?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 28 January 2019 16:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkPWqnTWj38

flappy bird, Monday, 28 January 2019 17:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wow he still looks so juvenile. I could say he’s like 22 or something !
Will watch the whole intw later, thanks for posting it.
As for his singing/voice on HH, I find it’s the same as it was. Same inflexions and even melodic touches.
But the generic/MOR impression might come from the melodies that I find a bit lazy (hence my initial comparison with a 90s romcom opening song !).

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what happened to his hair and sartorial sense :(

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 January 2019 18:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The intro and verses are very nice (both melody and guitar licks). The chorus and instrumental chorus are feel good enough and by the final it’s groovy/fun. The piano and guitar solos are great. The prechorus is the part I don’t enjoy much.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think it’s just his « radio » look !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

his hair looks the same

flappy bird, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

he once believed in gel

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 January 2019 18:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

He probably knew he'd be wearing headphones that day, and planned accordingly.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 January 2019 19:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

He's 34 years old and has a brand new baby. He's probably past the hair gel and boat shoes? (Also, who cares?)

alpine static, Monday, 28 January 2019 19:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I actually think he wears his pyjamas in that radio intw !
Especially as they say it's very early in the morning...

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(Also, who cares?)

ahem

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

To stay on sartorial issues : the baggy flashy sweatpants here are a strange combination with the with shirt/overcoat...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDLZ90Oc8FY

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 11:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Harmony Hall is gorgeous and amazing and it should/will have a place on every Wes Anderson-core film soundtrack till the end of time

alpine static, Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

listened to the singles from the s/t last night and goddamn what a perfect group of songs. I still get such a thrill from A-Punk.

flappy bird, Thursday, 31 January 2019 20:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Long version !
https://youtu.be/qa1t5bjJbms

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 3 February 2019 08:35 (one week ago) Permalink

I still haven't heard the new songs - will probably just absorb the LP as a whole when it comes out.

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 4 February 2019 00:06 (one week ago) Permalink

They plan to release 2 songs/month until April apparently.
So it’s like getting an LP first then a regular album.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 4 February 2019 08:37 (one week ago) Permalink

just got tickets for philly!!!!! :D::D:D:D:D:D:D

Mordy, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Just came here to say that "Harmony Hall" is a fucking jam. The second new song I enjoy while it's playing, but can't remember how it goes when it's off... it's just kinda forgettable. Got tickets for Red Rocks on the last date of their fall tour. Hope the next couple songs draw out more of the relaxed, Grateful Dead-esque vibe from "Harmony Hall."

ilxor, Saturday, 9 February 2019 15:46 (one week ago) Permalink

A friend just surprised me w/tix for the Houston date!

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:47 (one week ago) Permalink

i am jazzed for this record

jazzed (it's a boy!), Sunday, 10 February 2019 06:08 (six days ago) Permalink

Maybe just me but every time I hear the chorus of Harmony Hall I think it's Jeff Tweedy.

Evan, Monday, 11 February 2019 21:32 (five days ago) Permalink

It's you.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 February 2019 21:43 (five days ago) Permalink

ready for 2 more songs

flopson, Monday, 11 February 2019 21:47 (five days ago) Permalink

Are they good live?

Josh (phantompenguin), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 20:05 (three days ago) Permalink

Saw them at Barclays in fall 2013 and they were fucking great. Obviously can't speak for the new lineup but I really loved that show - can't beat this setlist:

Cousins
White Sky
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Diane Young
Unbelievers
Holiday
Step
Horchata
Everlasting Arms
Finger Back
California English
A-Punk
Boston (Ladies of Cambridge)
Ya Hey
Don't Lie
Song 2 (Blur cover)
Campus
Oxford Comma
Giving Up the Gun
Obvious Bicycle
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Hannah Hunt
One (Blake's Got a New Face)
Walcott

flappy bird, Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:41 (two days ago) Permalink

so they played all their songs lol

k3vin k., Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:49 (two days ago) Permalink

haha almost! no problem for me, they don't have a bad song imo. would've loved to have heard Bryn tho but I can't complain.

Sky Ferreira and Solange opened. I got there for SF and there were maybe 300 people in the whole arena. this was a month before Night Time, My Time came out. she was great, I saw her perform again two months later to a rapturous sold out 9:30 Club. Barclays crowd was still kinda thin during Solange but VW packed it, pretty sure they sold it out.

flappy bird, Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:52 (two days ago) Permalink

Saw them in 2008, 2011, 2012, each time fantastic, even in 2008 when I was scowling at the idea of "Vampire Weekend" seconds before they went on stage.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:04 (two days ago) Permalink

I love that they’ve kept the same stupid name this whole time

flopson, Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:18 (two days ago) Permalink

Each time I listen to "Harmony Hall" I like it about twice as much as I did before, and I've listened to it 5 times so I'm really high on it right now

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 15 February 2019 04:55 (yesterday) Permalink


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