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Father of the Bride

Vampire Weekend

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In a little more than a decade, Vampire Weekend has taken it slow. After the eponymous Vampire Weekend (2008), Contra (2010) and Modern Vampires of the City (2013), Ezra Koenig’s band took a six-year break punctuated by the departure of the very influential Rostam Batmanglij who released an excellent solo record Half-Light in 2017. Their last album to date, Modern Vampires of the City, was a distinctive evolution in the works of the New York combo. The Talking Heads influence had been abandoned for a more refined and polished pop sound, found as much in the melodies and harmonies as in its style.


Koenig, now the main creative force left in the group, has left New York and relocated to LA. Father of the Bride confirms his artistic ambition. His central style remains inherently pop, but each of the 18 songs in the album offer a different outlook. There is a bit of everything in this copious record; The Beatles, Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Paul Simon, Wilco, Grateful Dead and hundreds of other influences can be noted. The collaborators on the album are equally diverse: the pedal steel and impressionist guitars of Greg Leisz, the voice of Danielle Haim of HAIM, the guitar of Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors, Steve Lacy of the Internet and even Rostam enters the fold on two titles. While listening to the record, one might ask themselves if Ezra Koenig has made a White Album (the most eclectic album by the Beatles) all by himself… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Hold You Now
00:02:33

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Hans Zimmer, Composer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Shawn Everett, Mixing Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Danielle Haim, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend feat. Danielle Haim, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Harmony Hall
00:05:08

MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rostam Batmanglij, AdditionalStudioProducer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - DAVE SCHIFFMAN, Recording Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Recording Engineer - Chris Galland, Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - Robin Florent, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Scott Desmarais, Assistant Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Bambina
00:01:42

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
This Life
00:04:28

Mark Ronson, Composer, Lyricist - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Recording Engineer - Chris Galland, Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Makonnen Sheran, Composer, Lyricist - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - Robin Florent, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Dave Macklovitch, AdditionalStudioProducer - Scott Desmarais, Assistant Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer - P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel), Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Big Blue
00:01:48

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - DJ Dahi, Producer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
How Long?
00:03:32

Leon F. Sylvers III, Composer, Lyricist - Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - William Shelby, Composer, Lyricist - Stephen Shockley, Composer, Lyricist - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Dave Macklovitch, AdditionalStudioProducer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Unbearably White
00:04:40

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - BloodPop®, AssociatedPerformer, AdditionalStudioProducer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Rich Man
00:02:29

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - DAVE SCHIFFMAN, Recording Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - S.E. Rogie, Composer, Lyricist - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Married in a Gold Rush
00:03:42

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - DAVE SCHIFFMAN, Recording Engineer - Michael Harris, Recording Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Danielle Haim, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend feat. Danielle Haim, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
My Mistake
00:03:18

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig Goransson, Composer, Lyricist - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - DJ Dahi, Producer - Buddy Ross, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Sympathy
00:03:46

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Shawn Everett, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Sunflower
00:02:17

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - DAVE SCHIFFMAN, Recording Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lacy, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend feat. Steve Lacy, AssociatedPerformer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Flower Moon
00:03:57

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Michael Harris, Recording Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lacy, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, AdditionalStudioProducer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Sam Gendel, Composer, Lyricist - Vampire Weekend feat. Steve Lacy, AssociatedPerformer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
2021
00:01:38

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Haruomi Hosono, Composer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
We Belong Together
00:03:10

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist - Rostam Batmanglij, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Michael Harris, Recording Engineer - Nick Rowe, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Danielle Haim, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - Dalton Ricks, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend feat. Danielle Haim, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Stranger
00:04:08

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Michael Harris, Recording Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Shawn Everett, Mixing Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
Spring Snow
00:02:41

Michael Tucker, Composer, Lyricist - Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Buddy Ross, AdditionalStudioProducer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - Sam Gendel, Composer, Lyricist - BloodPop®, Producer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
00:02:54

Ezra Koenig, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer - Ariel Rechtshaid, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Vampire Weekend, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kasych, Recording Engineer - Buddy Ross, Co-Producer - Chris Allgood, Assistant Engineer - John DeBold, Recording Engineer - BloodPop®, AdditionalStudioProducer - Hiroya Takayama, Recording Engineer - Takemasa Kosaka, Recording Engineer

(P) 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album review

In a little more than a decade, Vampire Weekend has taken it slow. After the eponymous Vampire Weekend (2008), Contra (2010) and Modern Vampires of the City (2013), Ezra Koenig’s band took a six-year break punctuated by the departure of the very influential Rostam Batmanglij who released an excellent solo record Half-Light in 2017. Their last album to date, Modern Vampires of the City, was a distinctive evolution in the works of the New York combo. The Talking Heads influence had been abandoned for a more refined and polished pop sound, found as much in the melodies and harmonies as in its style.


Koenig, now the main creative force left in the group, has left New York and relocated to LA. Father of the Bride confirms his artistic ambition. His central style remains inherently pop, but each of the 18 songs in the album offer a different outlook. There is a bit of everything in this copious record; The Beatles, Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Paul Simon, Wilco, Grateful Dead and hundreds of other influences can be noted. The collaborators on the album are equally diverse: the pedal steel and impressionist guitars of Greg Leisz, the voice of Danielle Haim of HAIM, the guitar of Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors, Steve Lacy of the Internet and even Rostam enters the fold on two titles. While listening to the record, one might ask themselves if Ezra Koenig has made a White Album (the most eclectic album by the Beatles) all by himself… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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