Vampire Weekend's new record Father Of The Bride is an album of the year contender

This fourth album by the New York indie-pop band fronted by Ezra Koenig has been a long time coming – six years after their third – but it’s more than worth the wait.

Friday, 7th June 2019, 10:30 am
Vampire Weekend - Father Of The Bride (Columbia Records)

It’s on the generous side, with 18 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, and it’s their first without multi-instrumentalist and producer Rostam Batmanglij, who left in 2016.

It was preceded by a trio of what have once been called 'double-A-side' singles, and although songs like Harmony Hall and Unbearably White were a mouthwatering taste of what was to come, they aren’t even the best tracks on the album.

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend

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For me, that honour falls to the three delightful tracks on which Koenig is joined by Danielle Haim, from the all-sister Los Angeles group which bears her surname.

Their voices work perfectly together, each complementing the other, which is what makes Hold You Now, Married In A Gold Rush and the gorgeous We Belong Together such standout moments.

The sunny, summery feel of the album reminds me a lot of Paul Simon’s African-influenced '80s classic Graceland, but much of the subject matter is more gloomy - doom, complacency, romantic breakdowns and the state of the world.

Father Of the Bride album debuted at No. 1 in the US Billboard chart and No.2 in the UK and that’s no surprise.

It’s a lovely record, and could be a surprise contender for my album of the year. 8/10.