Album Review: Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

Monday 06th, May 2019 / 09:39
By Leyland Bradley

Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride
[Columbia Records]

The six-year wait between Vampire Weekend albums may have felt like an eternity, but fear not, Father of the Bride is here and you’ll want to be the one catching the bouquet.

Frontman Ezra Koenig teased early in the game via Instagram that the band’s new album would be “a lil more springtime” than 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City.

Father of the Bride boasts a whopping 18 songs, a total Koenig reports was even tough to pair down from the potential 23. With its lush arrangements and bouncy lyrics, Koenig has delivered on his spring-like vision and brought some friends along for the ride.

Appearances from Steve Lacy of The Internet, Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, and David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors add a fresh newness quality to the band’s sound.

One previously released single is the blissed-out “Sunflower,” blossoming with its dream-pop demeanor paired with plucky vocals and a kaleidoscopic-like video directed by Jonah Hill.

Pop aside, there’s also gentle country influences abound throughout the album, with the help of vocals by Danielle Haim of Haim in “Married in a Gold Rush” offering a back-and-forth duet of two lovers promising a brighter future together.