For the past six years, Vampire Weekend has been sleeping like the undead. Now they are awake, alive, and kicking.
Vampire Weekend dropped two new tracks at the end of January: "2021" and "Harmony Hall." Now they've released the music video for "Harmony Hall."
Both tracks are from Vampire Weekend's forthcoming album, Father of The Bride, slated to drop this spring. Lead vocalist Ezra Koenig announced the band would drop six songs from the album preceding its release, two songs per month, for three months.
Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall (Official Video) youtu.be
Composed of Ezra Koenig (vocals, guitar, piano), Chris Tomson (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboards, guitar, backing vocals) and Chris Baio (bass, backing vocals), Vampire Weekend dropped their last album, Modern Vampires of the City, in May 2013. The album debuted at number one on Billboard and took home the 2014 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.
Rostam Batmanglij left the band in 2016, but Koenig has stated Batmanglij contributed to the new album, along with a bevy of other collaborators. Additionally, the album features guest vocalists for the first time in the band's history.
"Harmony Hall" opens on bluesy-flavored riffs backed by subdued synths flowing into an infectious alt-pop melody. A buff bass line and syncopated percussion infuse the tune with a jangly rhythm.
Koenig's tenor imbues the lyrics with charming intensity, as radiant backing harmonies wash the tune in luminous colors.
The video, directed by Emmett Malloy, features a green tree python gliding by fruit on a counter-top, and then shifts to Koenig hosting a cooking show, demonstrating the proper way to make a pastry. At the end, Jonah Hill makes a cameo appearance, licking batter off a spoon.
"Harmony Hall" courses with stylish harmonic colors and polished energy. Vampire Weekend definitely still has it going on, maybe more than ever.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
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