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Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig shares album details and teases new release

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Ezra Koenig would like you all to get off his back about how there hasn't been a new Vampire Weekend album in at least five years. In an attempt to satisfy fans' bloodthirst, Koenig has taken to Instagram to share there will be a new single entering the world next week.

"Anyway, we’re gonna start releasing music next week. After all that waiting, you should have the general schedule," Koenig said on Instagram.

"There will be three 2-song drops every month until the record is out."

Koenig fell short of saying when the record release date would actually be, but he doesn't feel bad for making fans wait as long as they have for new music.

"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," Koenig said.

In his Instagram post, Koenig has also shared some details about the upcoming record. The current album name is four words long, with the initials 'FOTB'. FOTB will contain a whopping 18 tracks, with a tracklist that supposedly does not contain any filler songs. To Koenig, every track counts.

"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.)," he said.

In the meantime, we'll be keeping busy figuring out what FOTB could possibly stand for. Failings Of The Brave? Free Our Tired Brethren? Fall Out (The) Boy?

Check out the spiel for yourselves:

 
 
 
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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

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