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Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride - album review

Vampire Weekend currently have their fourth album, Father of the Bride, out and it's certainly different.

I'm quite new to the band's music and it took me a few listens to get into the album - but I think I like it.

The American band's music is described as indie rock, indie pop, art pop and Baroque pop (Baroque pop being a fusion of rock with classical music).

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. Supplied by Sonic PR. (14516344)
Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. Supplied by Sonic PR. (14516344)

The first track 'Hold You Now' samples a section of Hans Zimmer's 'God Yu Takem Laef Blong Mi' from the war film The Thin Red Line.

It's a duet with Danielle Haim of the pop/rock band HAIM, and, along with the classical sample, has almost a folk or country tinge. The song is about a break-up on a couple's wedding day.

The album is not a run of the mill offering. There are elements of reggae and even Latino pop and I found myself singing along to tracks such as 'This Life', 'Bambina' and 'Harmony Hall'.

The band, who recently performed at the Glastonbury Festival, have an ambitious tour from November with shows in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, including a 10,000 capacity event at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall


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