Sudah 6 tahun berlalu semenjak band yang kini terdiri atas Ezra Koenig, Chris Tomson dan Chris Baio, Vampire Weekend, merilis album ketiga mereka, “Modern Vampires of the City”. Maka rasa-rasanya memang sudah waktunya mereka untuk merilis album baru.

Sang pentolan, Koenig, melalui akun Instagram miliknya album baru mereka akan disebut “FTOB” dan akan dirilis dalam format keping ganda. Atau setidaknya dalam versi vinyl-nya.

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To the fans:? I know that 5-6 years is considered a long time between records. Personally, I think it’s a dignified pace befitting a band that’s already placed three albums in stores but everyone has their own sense of time. (I swear the time between 3 & 4 felt shorter to me than 2 & 3. I may be in the minority on this one.) ? ? This album didn’t really take any longer to write/record than MVOTC. We just took more time on the front end to chill. I’ll admit I may have stretched out the mixing/mastering process (aka THE END) a little bit cuz spending half the day with my family & half the day at Ariel’s is my ideal life-rhythm & it’s painful to say goodbye to that rhythm.? ? Many of you have been hungry for information and we’ve given you very little. I don’t like talking abt a project while in the middle of making it. I usually regret everything I say cuz it turns out to be wrong (so disregard anything I may have said in the past 5 years.) I thought abt making a recording diary to tide over the people leaving intense comments but…to me, the album IS the recording diary…man.? ? It’s called “FOTB” (well those are the initials – that’s a VW tradition) and it’s 18 songs. Picked the name a few years ago. At some point early on, the album drifted from the Mitsubishi Macchiato aesthetic. It was a helpful guiding principle tho. Working titles are important too.? ? It’s a lot of songs but they all belong there. (If you disagree, you can always say it was 6 songs too long & make a lil 12-song playlist version of it.) At first, I wanted to make two 23-song albums on some human chromosome shit but then 23&me started doing Spotify playlists and I don’t know…felt we’d been scooped.? ? Is it a double album? The vinyl will be double so…yes? It’s about 59 minutes long. We can talk more abt that later – if u care. To me, it’s just FOTB.? ? Anyway, we’re gonna start releasing music next week. After all that waiting, you should have the general schedule:? ? -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)? ? Thank you for ur patience,? Ezra

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Belum diketahui akronim dari apa “FOTB” tersebut, tapi yang jelas sudah memunculkan spekulasi di internet tentang apa yang menjadi kepanjangan darinya. Pastinya album akan dirilis Columbia Records di tanggal 30 Maret 2019 mendatang dan beramunisi sekitar 18 track.

Single pertama album disebut akan berjudul ‘2021’ dan akan dirilis pada tanggal 25 Januari besok. Beberapa track yang sudah dikonfirmasi menjadi materi album antara lain adalah ‘Big Blue’, ‘How Long’, ‘Flower Moon’ dan ‘Sun Flower’.

Rencananya Vampire Weekend akan merlilis satu single setiap bulannya (Januari, Februari, Maret), hingga album dirilis. “FTOB” akan menjadi album pertama Vampire Weekend tanpa salah satu pendiri band, Rostam Batmanglij, meski ia akan tetap terlibat untuk produksi dan mixing album bersama Ariel Rechtshaid.

UPDATE

Sesuai janji, Vampire Weekend merilis single baru mereka di bulan ini. Tidak hanya satu, namun dua sekaligus, yaitu ‘Harmony Halll’ dan ‘2021’.

‘Harmony Hall’ dibuka dengan petikan gitar akustik yang mengindikasikan lagu sebagai sebuah track folk, sampai kemudian mengubah temponya di verse kedua menjadi sebuah pop-dance-retro. Enerjetik layaknya sebuah lagu Vampire Weekend. Sedangkan ‘2021’ adalah sebuah balada atmosferik yang cukup singkat dan disajikan Vampire Weekend dengan pendekatan electronic.

Selain menghadirkan dua single ini, Vampire Weekend juga mengungkap apa kepankangan dari FOB yang menjadi judul album, yaitu “Father of the Bride”.