It’s been five years since the release of Vampire Weekend’s last studio album, and they’re finally gearing up for an epic comeback. The indie rock band announced the release of their fifth LP Only God Was Above Us, set to hit the shelves this spring.
Vampire Weekend teased the release of their next album by dropping a 30-second teaser, which gives us an idea about their new sound. They also shared a tracklist featuring ten songs, including “Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops”, set to be released on February 16.
The band’s official press release describes this album as “the product of five years spent refining, reworking and gradually shaping those lyrical and melodic structures to take Vampire Weekend to a new creative peak”, adding it’s “direct yet complex, showing the band at once at its grittiest, and also at its most beautiful and melodic.”
They also revealed that the album will pay homage to 20th-century New York City, and its cover shows the New York Daily News front page from 1988. The album’s title quotes one of the passengers, who was a part of the incident involving Aloha Airlines Flight 243.
Only God Was Above Us will be released on April 5 via Columbia Records, and it marks the follow-up to the band’s chart-topping record Father of the Bride from 2019.