Straight from the mouths of babes (read: Ezra Koenig) it’s official – a brand new Vampire Weekend album will be released this year. Well, we’ll have the whole thing by sometime this year, at least.
On Instagram, the singer posted a simple photo of a file folder titled ‘FOTB‘, with a lengthy caption explaining the process behind how exactly we’re going to hear the album, including some slight math needed to figure out when we’ll have the whole thing in full.
Ok so let’s dive into this, shall we?
Firstly, the album name acronym – FOTB. A “VM tradition” to shorten everything to its initials, including album and song names. Which is very good and helpful, but has also sparked a heap of fans to speculate on what it means.
But what the fuck could ‘FOTB’ stand for? Flight Of The…Bonchords? Fear Of These Bugs? Front Of The Bike? Fresh Out The Box? Fuckin’ On The Beach? Or maybe my personal favourite from comedian Dave Anthony:
Farts Out The Butt https://t.co/q9aA3fim8T
— David Anthony (@DBAnthony) January 17, 2019
Considering the working title for the album was ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato‘, literally everything else is going to be sub-par in levels of twee.
Secondly, Vampire Weekend is going to release this in a drip-feed style over the next couple of months. Next week, the band is going to release two (2) songs, and they’ll do that three times a month until the whole album is out.
It’s an 18-track double album, with around an hour’s worth of music, that we should have in full by the end of…March? If all my calculations are correct – and I haven’t taken a math class since 2008 – we should have the new Vampire Weekend album, ‘FOTB’ (Farts Out The Butt) by Easter.
Ezra also gave the titles of the first six songs: hh, 2021, s, bb, tl, uw. What do they stand for? Christ knows. (I mean ‘2021‘ is pretty obvious, but you know what I mean.)
Australian late summer/early autumn is probably the greatest time to get some new bops from Vampire Weekend – as if the other three albums don’t make you want to wear exclusively polo shirts and boat shoes or tennis sneakers while watching having a picnic in the park or something equally as wholesome?
Until next week, I’ll be right there with you trying to pin down exactly what a “Mitsubishi macchiato aesthetic” is.