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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

2021 samples that Hosono meme song.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:10 (two months ago) Permalink

This comment section is gold by yt standards

https://youtu.be/34UutDrXV2Q

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:13 (two months ago) Permalink

HH sort of sounds like grateful dead no?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:18 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

Harmony hall kinda country

flopson, Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:59 (two months ago) Permalink

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

flopson, Thursday, 24 January 2019 18:00 (two months ago) Permalink

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

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:04 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

uh neither of these touch “step”

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

otm

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

Seriously that solo tho

Like both these songs

flappy bird, Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:37 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

it's very pretty

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

i don't hate it!

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

& i guess longstreth played on hh

J0rdan S., Friday, 25 January 2019 04:07 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

yes, I totally agree.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 25 January 2019 11:30 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

Vulfpeck comparison is otm, I like how stripped back and casual it is though. Don't like any of the others.

(lol Seinfeld)

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:10 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm kind of into Vampire Weekend leading a baggy revival

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:44 (one month ago) Permalink

djp! :)

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 19:00 (one month ago) Permalink

This new song I do like.

o. nate, Friday, 15 March 2019 01:27 (one month ago) Permalink

I tried to listen to "Sunflowers" again.
It definitely has an earworm (but still annoying) quality and the verses are not so bad.
But the vocal/instrumental riff is trash (and the production is weak).
Arguably, their worst single to date.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 15 March 2019 08:31 (one month ago) Permalink

As a double album buried track it would be ok, I suppose.
But it's as if the Beatles had released "Wild Honey Pie" as a single !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 15 March 2019 08:33 (one month ago) Permalink

haha

jazzed (it's a boy!), Friday, 15 March 2019 21:50 (one month ago) Permalink

VW covered the other Sunflower for Radio 1 (mixing some of their own sunflower in there): https://soundcloud.com/neonreggaesunsplash/vampire-weekend-sunflower-post-malone-swae-lee-cover-bbcr1-via-teamvampireweekendcom

very pretty, and kinda disconcerting how much ezra sounds like swae lee, or at least how easily swae's cadence from that song fits so well with ezra's a-punk-era vocal patter

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh man, I cannot get behind the vocals on this at all

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:44 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm sitting here cringing and thinking "dude you could take this down a whole step, it would be fine"

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:45 (one month ago) Permalink

idk i don't think it's that different from his vocal mode during the peppier songs from the first two albums, though yes the falsetto part is very rough

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Sunflower cover > sunflower by vw

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 21 March 2019 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T62P7pBEEs

the extended live version of big blue is really nice

ufo, Friday, 22 March 2019 22:00 (four weeks ago) Permalink

djp is right about ezra's vocals but the cover is still amazing

J0rdan S., Saturday, 23 March 2019 06:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, 3 new tracks this week !
Then the album will be released next month, right ?

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 1 April 2019 09:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIGNNOZ0948
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkBjoY7eyvU

"this life" is great, my favourite single so far. kinda has tusk vibes? "unbearably white" is quite nice too. the looser sound they've adopted on this sound is a good fit

ufo, Thursday, 4 April 2019 13:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*on this album

ufo, Thursday, 4 April 2019 13:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Harmony Hall is my favorite song they've ever done.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 4 April 2019 13:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sunflower is far and away my favorite of these new tracks.

enochroot, Thursday, 4 April 2019 17:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

just scanned the thread, and it seems like i'm in a pretty small minority on that opinion.
Hey, it's definitely the least boring. Need to look into this steve lacy character.

enochroot, Thursday, 4 April 2019 17:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah i can't stand that song and i like these guys

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 4 April 2019 17:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

just scanned the thread, and it seems like i'm in a pretty small minority on that opinion.
Hey, it's definitely the least boring. Need to look into this steve lacy character.

― enochroot, Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:18 PM (fifteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol i was like steve lacy?? that would be a big get considering he died in 2004

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 4 April 2019 17:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

two new songs are good

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 April 2019 17:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Steve Lacy (new, not dead) is great and that's my favorite too.

But I do hate when young producers have or adopt the same name as old jazz dudes (see also Bob Moses, Richard Davis, etc).

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 4 April 2019 17:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Both of the new songs are fantastic.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 4 April 2019 17:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i feel like on "this life" he really brings it full circle and assumes the guise of millennial paul simon

J0rdan S., Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The chords on This Life are making me smile. Love it.

DJI, Thursday, 4 April 2019 18:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"this life" is really really good

J0rdan S., Friday, 5 April 2019 06:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

love lacys vocals on roll burbank funk from last year

nxd, Friday, 5 April 2019 08:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This album actually sounds exactly like its cover. I feel that if this had come out in 1993 or something it would have been massive (proto "adult alternative" if you will). Also, I never managed to get into the last album's stuffy preciousness so I really love how loose and airy this sounds.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 5 April 2019 08:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

really big into these two songs straight away

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 5 April 2019 09:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The two new songs are great !
good strategy to release a good single, then a crappy one and then, right before the album, two great songs.
They both remind me of other songs but I haven't really found out which ones, yet.
Anyway, they're instantly catchy and it feels like you already know them, which is a good sign !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 April 2019 09:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Btw, I'm so relieved 'Unbearably White' is about too much snowfall.

Frederik B, Friday, 5 April 2019 09:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So Danielle Haim makes all the vocal harmonies on the album apparently ?

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 April 2019 10:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp :D

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 5 April 2019 10:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The guitar pattern in the verses of "Unbearably White" clearly reminds me of a song... I know it. But I can't put my finger on it. It's driving me crazy !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 April 2019 12:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's unspeakably white

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 April 2019 12:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

does it not sound pretty similar to blood orange negro swan? thats what i immediately heard.

anza808, Friday, 5 April 2019 14:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

er, charcoal baby rather.

anza808, Friday, 5 April 2019 14:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I hope they have hacky sacks at the tour merch stand.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 5 April 2019 14:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

About "This is Life": this is more like it.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 April 2019 14:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“this life” is exactly the song I wanted them to make

k3vin k., Friday, 5 April 2019 16:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yes enjoyed these two songs

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 5 April 2019 16:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think all 6 songs are of similar quality. looking forward to the album

flopson, Friday, 5 April 2019 18:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah all 6 are good imo this band is good

k3vin k., Sunday, 7 April 2019 03:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I mean I still don’t really ‘get’ “sunflower” but it’s short

k3vin k., Sunday, 7 April 2019 04:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

been listening to these in order on apple music cuz you can play a partial album and i don't see how this album is any less than very good

J0rdan S., Sunday, 7 April 2019 15:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

these songs have improved upon further listening. both absolutely great. my faves so far.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 8 April 2019 23:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah these last two are probably the best of what has been released so far. The past single was pretty bad imho.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 8 April 2019 23:55 (one week ago) Permalink


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