Three batches of songs will be shared in the run up to its release
Frontman Ezra Koenig announced on Instagram today (January 17) that the band plans to release “three 2-song drops every month until the record is out,” starting next week.
The band’s first album in nearly five years is no longer titled ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato’, Koenig wrote, but is instead comprised of the initials “FOTB” with an exact title to be announced later.
In the post, Koenig wrote: “This album didn’t really take any longer to write/record than MVOTC [‘Modern Vampires Of The City’]. 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 [Rechtshaidis – the band’s producer] my ideal life-rhythm & it’s painful to say goodbye to that rhythm.
He continued: “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.”
‘FOTB’ marks Vampire Weekend’s first album without founding member Rostam Batmanglij, who left the band in 2016. He said in a note at the time of his departure, “My identity as a songwriter and producer, I realized, needs to stand on its own.”
Meanwhile, the band’s label boss said in December 2018 that ‘FOTB’ “will be your favourite record next year”.
Columbia Records’ Ferdy Unger-Hamilton told Music Week: “The record’s brilliant, it’s going to go really well” before mentioning that the band will “do some shows.”