Vampire Weekend Announces Long-Awaited Fifth Album

Published February 9, 2024

Indie music enthusiasts have a reason to celebrate as Vampire Weekend has recently made an exciting announcement: their first new album in the past five years is on its way. Since their last release in 2019, the band's fans have eagerly awaited new material, and the upcoming album promises to deliver.

A Triumphant Return

Formed in 2006, Vampire Weekend quickly rose to prominence in the alternative music scene. Throughout their career, they've enjoyed significant success, including three albums reaching number one in the US. Their previous album Father of the Bride, released four years ago, was well-received, achieving Silver certification in the UK.

Now breaking their silence, the band has announced their fifth studio album, titled Only God Was Above Us, set for release on April 5. Ahead of the album, fans will get to hear two new singles, Gen-X Cops and Capricorn, which will drop simultaneously on February 16.

Charting New Territory

What makes this album release noteworthy is that it's the band's first project not under an independent label, having signed with Columbia—which is part of the larger Sony Music Group. This signifies a major step for the band in their music journey.

The album, a '10-song magnum-opus' according to a recent statement, represents half a decade of meticulous work. It is lauded for capturing the essence of Vampire Weekend at both their most raw and melodious. Notably, the album's artwork features a series of photographs depicting a subway graveyard—a visual metaphor for the band's own evolution and the passage of time.

The band's most well-known track, A-Punk, came out in 2008 and has been featured in various films and TV series soundtracks. Lead singer Ezra Koenig has also been recognized with a Grammy nomination for his work on Beyoncé's Lemonade.

Upcoming Performances

In support of their new album, Vampire Weekend will perform at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2024, sharing the stage with legendary acts such as the Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, and Neil Young. It's an event that fans of the band, and of music in general, won't want to miss.

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