Vampire Weekend Say New Album Will Feature ‘Fearless’ Production

2013-01-08

Story by Anne Erickson

Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij says the band’s upcoming album will feature lots of experimentation

Vampire Weekend are getting ready to unleash their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2010’s “Contra,” and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij says the group’s upcoming studio release will feature lots of experimentation and a “fearless approach” to production.

“On this album, there’s a lot of organic sounds and a lot of performance,” Batmanglij told SPIN. “You want the personality of each performer — whether it’s singing or bass or drums or piano — to be intact. In some ways it’s much more challenging to preserve that and to also make music that sounds modern.”

He added that the way the album turned out “is the product of thinking forward and being fearless in terms of mixing and production,” explaining that the band used “elements and techniques that have existed for years and years, pushing them as far as they can go.”

As for the songs on the upcoming album, while the album has yet to release an official track listing, Batmanglij shared a few of the song names that are expected to be included on the set, such as “Obvious Bicycle” and “Diane Young.” Look for the band to announce a title and release date for the album in the coming weeks.




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