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"Harmony Hall / 2021" Vampire Weekend

by Vincent Croce - Staff Photographer
Wed, Feb 13th 2019 11:00 am

 Vampire Weekend’s last album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” which premiered in 2013, was a historic album for not only the band, but the music industry itself. Stunting tracks such as “Step” and “Diane Young,” the album is full of feel-good indie rock that you would envision being played on a beach in the heat of the summer.

After six years of nothing but skepticism, the melodic and peppy band hailing from New York City released two new songs, “Harmony Hall” and “2021.” Both songs fit the ‘optimistic’ vibe the band is known for, yet introduce a small shift of its sound. 

“Harmony Hall” represents bigotry and hypocrisy in the modern age, presenting lyrics such as “Anger wants a voice/ Voices wanna sing/ Singers harmonize/ ’Til they can’t hear anything/ I thought that I was free/ From all that questioning/ But every time a problem ends/ another one begins.” 

“Harmony Hall” represents a safe place of sorts, a place to think, which is what lead singer Ezra Koenig experienced in college. Named after a building on his college campus, it can be taken from the song that Koenig felt a sense of relief in this building. This alludes to a larger concept; finding a safe space in this unpredictable time and world we currently live in. 

The equally as compelling track, “2021” is a nod to the future and not having regrets while you are there. Another example of the difference in modern times compared to the times written about in “Modern Vampires of the City.” Although Vampire Weekend is not a band to bring other artists in for features, fellow indie singer Jenny Lewis provides support on “2021” and gives a mellow feel to the one minute and 38 second track.

“Father of the Bride,” is the band’s new album, which will be released around summer 2019 and mark the first Vampire Weekend album without member Rostam Batmanglij. Batmanglij, who went solo, has been releasing his own alternative rock music under the name Rostam. 

Vampire Weekend plans to release two singles each month leading up to the full album release. It is speculated that this means the album will roughly be out in three months, sometime in April at the summer’s beginning, which is fitting for the musical feel they strive for. Confirmed by Koenig to have “multiple features,” the fan base is left wondering who the collaborations are with and how the album will sound compared to the previous works. Stay tuned for more content from Vampire Weekend at the end of February. 

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