By Delanie Villanueva
Vampire Weekend returned with “Father of the Bride,” an 18-song album, six years after their last album release.
“Father of the Bride” is unlike any of Vampire Weekend’s previous albums. This album has a vintage sound reminding listeners of late 60s/early 70s classic rock and has a more mature sound than any of their previous work.
The song lyrics are well-written with catchy melodies. Even though the band achieved a different sound with this album, it still sounds like the quirky indie band that debuted in 2007.
There is not one song in the album that does not belong, they all pair together well. “Sympathy” is by far the most unique tract in the album. It is a multi-layer song featuring a fast Spanish guitar, clapping, techno noises and a big bass line.
At first, it may seem out of place and overwhelming to listen to, but it takes time to understand and appreciate the artistry.
Overall, “Father of the Bride” is an excellent album. It shows how the band has grown and matured as artists. The songs are diverse and intricate, showing how much effort goes into every second of the album. The more that this album is listened to, the better it gets.
“Father of the Bride” also features other artists, which is something that the band has never done before on an album.
Danielle Haim of sister trio Haim is featured on “Hold You Now,” “Married in a Gold Rush” and “We Belong Together.”
Even though Haim and the band’s front man, Ezra Koenig, have different voices, their tones complement each other well.
Alternative R&B artist Steve Lacy is featured on “Sunflower” and “Flower Moon.”
Both Haim and Lacy did more than provide their vocals to the song, they helped with the production of the music and brought their own unique styles to it. The songs that Haim is featured on have more of a classic rock sound with acoustic guitar riffs, similar to her band’s music.
The songs featuring Lacy are unique with quirky lyrics, funky melodies and catchy beats.
The album begins with “Hold You Now,” an emotional duet between Koenig and Haim. Like the album title, the song is about a father speaking to his daughter, the bride, on her wedding day.
The father shares his concerns with the daughter accompanied by an acoustic guitar, and twice in the song there is a choir singing, creating the illusion of a bride walking down the aisle.
The bride gives her response to her father by telling him that she understands why he is concerned, but to cheer up and that everything is going to be okay.
They both reassure each other by singing, “I can’t carry you forever, but I can hold you now,” meaning that they cannot be with each other for the rest of their lives, but will do all they can now.
Vampire Weekend began releasing songs for this album on January 24 of this year. The first two tracts that were released were “Harmony Hall” and “2021.”
After that initial release, the band released two songs each month until the album released.
Koenig said that they did this in order to not overwhelm the fans by giving them 18 songs at once.
He also said, in a Twitter post, that it might be best to listen to the album backwards because he feels like some of the best songs he has ever written are in the latter portion of the album.