Vampire Weekend's music video "Harmony Hall", directed by Emmett Malloy, dropped on Wednesday and has the fans talking. Full of glee and charm, the boys seem to having the most possible fun over breakfast with some cameos from friends of the band, Dev Hynes, also known as Blood Orange, and actor and director, Jonah Hill.
The wide-angle video was shot over 35 mm film and features various cuts like a python sliding along the blueberries, pancakes, and kiwis as the lads mosey around the kitchen. Director Emmett Malloy and his brother Brendan also directed the videos for Vampire Weekend's "Giving Up the Gun" and "Holiday".
So, what has Vampire Weekend been up to?
Six full years have gone by since we've had a Vampire Weekend record. Six. Well, to kick off the New Year, the band announced two singles, "2021" and "Harmony Hall". As well, the title of the upcoming fourth album was announced, Father of the Bride. The album will consist of 18 songs and will be there first recording under Columbia Records and Sony. It is the follow-up of the band's Grammy Award-winning album, Modern Vampires of the City.
Frontman Ezra Koenig, has been working on this song as far back as 2015 and has been open about the research and writing of this LP on his Instagram. This track was produced by Koenig and producer, Ariel Rechtshaid. Former band member, Rostam Batmanglij, also has production credits on "Harmony Hall" despite no longer classifying as an active member. Fans may recognize an interpolation in the song with a familiar lyric from "Ya Hey",
"I don't wanna live like this, but I don't wanna die."
Koenig answered many of the fans questions below last month via an Instagram post about their upcoming music.
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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
"Harmony Hall" has peaked on the US Hot Rock Songs at #5 on Billboard. Next month, the band will release two more singles off Father of the Bride. Until, then "Harmony Hall" and "2021" are both available for purchase and streaming on all digital platforms.