New York City indie darlings Vampire Weekend have announced plans to release their anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Contra as early as this Spring. Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer, Charli XCX) and the band’s own Rostam Batmanglij, the yet-to-be-titled album was recorded in both New York City and Los Angeles.
In an interview with Q Magazine, frontman Ezra Koenig called their latest effort “dark”, “organic”, and that it “really does feel like the third chapter in a book.” He added: “We created some characters on the first record, some of which are real people, some of which are ourselves, so it’s not so hard to keep following them and see what their concerns are now and how their lives have changed.”
Update: SPIN.com has also spoken to the band about the new album. “You want the personality of each performer — whether it’s singing or bass or drums or piano — to be intact,” Batmanglij explained. “The way this album sounds is the product of thinking forward and being fearless in terms of mixing and production, going for something that hasn’t been done before but using elements and techniques that have existed for years and years, pushing them as far as they can go.” The article goes on to note the titles of two tracks: “Obvious Bicycle” and “Diane Young”.
As previously reported, the band performed this past Halloween on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where they rolled out new anthem “Unbelievers”. Check out the performance below and stay tuned for more information, including a title, a tracklist, and album artwork.