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.

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To the fans:⁣ I know that 5-6 years is considered a long time between records. Personally, I think it’s a dignified pace befitting a band that’s already placed three albums in stores but everyone has their own sense of time. (I swear the time between 3 & 4 felt shorter to me than 2 & 3. I may be in the minority on this one.) ⁣ ⁣ This album didn’t really take any longer to write/record than MVOTC. We just took more time on the front end to chill. I’ll admit I may have stretched out the mixing/mastering process (aka THE END) a little bit cuz spending half the day with my family & half the day at Ariel’s is my ideal life-rhythm & it’s painful to say goodbye to that rhythm.⁣ ⁣ Many of you have been hungry for information and we’ve given you very little. I don’t like talking abt a project while in the middle of making it. I usually regret everything I say cuz it turns out to be wrong (so disregard anything I may have said in the past 5 years.) I thought abt making a recording diary to tide over the people leaving intense comments but…to me, the album IS the recording diary…man.⁣ ⁣ It’s called “FOTB” (well those are the initials – that’s a VW tradition) and it’s 18 songs. Picked the name a few years ago. At some point early on, the album drifted from the Mitsubishi Macchiato aesthetic. It was a helpful guiding principle tho. Working titles are important too.⁣ ⁣ It’s a lot of songs but they all belong there. (If you disagree, you can always say it was 6 songs too long & make a lil 12-song playlist version of it.) At first, I wanted to make two 23-song albums on some human chromosome shit but then 23&me started doing Spotify playlists and I don’t know…felt we’d been scooped.⁣ ⁣ Is it a double album? The vinyl will be double so…yes? It’s about 59 minutes long. We can talk more abt that later – if u care. To me, it’s just FOTB.⁣ ⁣ Anyway, we’re gonna start releasing music next week. After all that waiting, you should have the general schedule:⁣ ⁣ -There will be three 2-song drops every month until the record is out. 1. hh/2021 2. s/bb 3. tl/uw. (plans can change that’s the plan)⁣ ⁣ Thank you for ur patience,⁣ Ezra

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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 BugsFront Of The BikeFresh Out The Box Fuckin’ On The Beach? Or maybe my personal favourite from comedian Dave Anthony:

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: hh2021sbbtluw. 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.

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