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Published: 2017/09/21

Ezra Koenig Says New Vampire Weekend Album "Close to Being Done"

Vampire Weekend’s last output as a full band was 2014’s fantastic Modern Vampires of the City, and frontman Ezra Koenig has provided an update on what the band might have in store with their next effort.

As Stereogum reports, Koenig spoke about the new album with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show earlier this week, saying, “It’s getting there. I feel like it’s close to being done.” The singer-songwriter also mentioned some possible guests and that the working title is Mitsubishi Macchiato.

“The last album was kind of our darker one,” Koenig says. “A little more somber, a lot of death and kind of sadness. And unfortunately I can’t fully shake that. There’s always going to be an element of that. But I liked the name Mitsubishi Macchiato because it reminded me to wake up a little bit too and maybe get back to some other vibes. It’s going to be a mix. That last album felt very kind of autumnal, wintry, and I wanted to do something that at least has elements of springtime. Because life has to keep going. So you know, macchiato wakes you up, Mitsubishi makes you happy.”

Since their last album, each member of Vampire Weekend has kept busy with his own work: Koenig has a new anime series Neo Yokio coming out tomorrow on Netflix; Rostam Batmanglij left the band and just released his solo album Half-Light; bassist Chris Baio continues to release music under his last name, including this year’s Man of the World; and drummer Chris Tomson released his solo album Youngish American as Dams of the West early this year.

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