After years of teasing, including accelerated activity this week, Vampire Weekend officially announced their fifth studio album. The new album, Only God was above usreleases April 5 via Colombia. Two songs from the LP – “Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops” – are released on February 16. See the album cover and tracklist, plus a trailer, below.
Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio and Chris Tomson recorded the sequel to The father of the bride in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. Koenig produced the album with Ariel Rechtshaid, and it was mixed by Dave Fridmann and mastered by Emily Lazar.
Koenig wrote most of the lyrics for Only God was above us in 2019 and 2020. The title of the album comes from a newspaper headline featured in a photograph from 1988 by Steve Siegel. Photography, called Metro dream 11also serves as the cover of Vampire Weekend's new album.
After releasing their first three albums over a five-year period, Vampire Weekend began rolling out their new releases. The father of the bride arrived in May 2019, six years later Modern City Vampires. Between these two albums, founding member Rostam Batmanglij left Vampire Weekend (although he still contributed to the band's fourth LP).
Vampire Weekend won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for The father of the bride. After growing up in New York, Koenig recorded the album primarily in California, collaborating with Ariel Rechtshaid, Steve Lacy, Danielle Haim and others.
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