Vampire Weekend surprised fans earlier this year when they unveiled plans to release their much-anticipated fourth studio album. The only problem with the news? The band decided to keep the release date for the new record under lock and key. Now, it looks like the group is in a particularly giving mood.
On Wednesday (March 6), the New York-founded band confirmed that their new album, Father of the Bride, is officially due out May 3 through Columbia Records. In addition to announcing the record’s fast-approaching release date, the act also unleashed two new songs; “Sunflower” and “Big Blue.” Both tracks were produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig while “Big Blue” was co-produced by DJ Dahi.
According to a recent Instagram post from Koenig, it appears that “Sunflower” will be the band’s next song to get the music video treatment. Jonah Hill, who previously starred in the band’s music video for “Harmony Hall,” reportedly directed the new music video.
The release of the two new tracks confirms what Koenig had told fans on social media back in January; that the group would be releasing two new songs a month leading up to Father of the Bride‘s release.
“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),” the musician posted in January.
As promised, Vampire Weekend released “Harmony Hall” and “2021” in January and “Sunflower” and “Big Blue” now in March. No word on what the last two tracks are named or when they should be released.
The album’s early May release date should not come as much of a surprise since the group is slated to kick off their massive North American tour at the beginning of June. The 35-stop jaunt begins on June 5 at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto and concludes several months later on Oct. 8 at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The full list of tour dates can be found here.
Father of the Bride is the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City.