After a very long rollout, Vampire Weekend have finally released their first new songs since 2013's great Modern Vampires of the City, "Harmony Hall" and "2021." They've also revealed that the "FOTB" initials for their new album title stand for Father of the Bride. As hinted when he first left the band, this is their first album without Rostam Batmanglij but Rostam did contribute production to the album.
"Harmony Hall" is one of Vampire Weekend's classic Paul Simon-esque tunes, but a little folkier and more stripped back than we're used to from VW. It's got a callback to the "I don't wanna live like this, but I don't wanna die" line from "Finger Back," and it features a Grateful Dead-esque guitar solo from Greg Leisz. "2021" is more of an ambient interlude type song, and it samples Yellow Magic Orchestra's Haruomi Hosono.
Father of the Bride is an 18-song double album, expected out this year (exact release date TBA), and Ezra Koenig said in a Beats 1 interview with Matt Wilkinson that they're putting out at least four more songs before its release. He also mentioned that The Internet's Steve Lacy contributed to the album. Stay tuned for more.
The end of each video contains a rotating image of a globe, which appears to be the album artwork (or at least related to it). Ezra told Rolling Stone that he worried the art (which he chose three years ago) was too similar to Kanye West's current Twitter avatar, which is also a globe. See the art below.