Vampire Weekend Share “This Life” and “Unbearably White”

The final pair of singles before Father of the Bride drops next month.

Vampire Weekend have just shared a new pair of songs, "This Life" and "Unbearably White," as the final preview of their forthcoming 18-track album, Father of the Bride before it officially releases on May 3rd via Columbia Records.

They've been dropping paired singles for the last two months in anticipation of the record. In February, they dropped "Harmony Hall" and "2021." In March they released "Sunflower" (featuring Steve Lacey) and "Big Blue."

"This Life" borrows lyrics from iLoveMakkonen's "Tonight," features vocals from Danielle Haim, and leads with a breezy guitar riff that sounds just like Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl." Like most of Vampire Weekend's releases, the references are tightly clustered. However, "This Life" is just about the sunniest, most uplifting song they've put out to date in the FOTB rollout.

Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Bloodpop, "Unbearably White" is a slightly more pared down offering with a satiric bite. The song's got a languid melody as Ezra sings, "There's an avalanche coming / Don't cover your eyes."

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Vampire Weekend released their disorienting video for "Sunflower" today.

Directed by Jonah Hill, and set in New York's iconic Zabar's, the video features lead singer Ezra Koenig and the Internet's Steve Lacy perusing the deli as they gently sing along to the track. As the camera twists and turns in a dizzying array, Jerry Seinfeld suddenly appears in a brief cameo, offering nothing more than a grimace. The band's last video for "Harmony Hall" also featured an appearance from Jonah Hill.

"Sunflower" is one of four songs shared from the band's upcoming album FOTB, which is set for release on May 3. The album is set to be 18 songs, with Koenig justifying the length by saying "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." The band has kept their promise of doing 2-song drops every month since the announcement, with the last set of songs geared for release this April. Check out the trippy video, and please tell us why Seinfeld is so grumpy all the time, cause we honestly don't know.

Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area. Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.

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