After much anticipation and hints dropped throughout the week, Vampire Weekend has officially announced their fifth studio album. Titled “Only God Was Above Us,” the album is set to be released on April 5th via Columbia Records. Fans can expect two new songs from the LP, namely “Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops,” which are scheduled to drop on February 16th. Below, you can find the album cover, tracklist, and a trailer for the upcoming release.
Recorded by Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, and Chris Tomson, the album serves as the follow-up to their previous work, “Father of the Bride.” The recording process took place in various locations including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo. Koenig took on the role of producer alongside Ariel Rechtshaid, with mixing by Dave Fridmann and mastering by Emily Lazar.
Most of the lyrics for “Only God Was Above Us” were penned by Koenig between 2019 and 2020. The album’s title was inspired by a headline from a 1988 photograph by Steven Siegel, known as “Subway Dream 11,” which also serves as the album’s cover art.
Known for their spaced-out release schedule, Vampire Weekend’s latest album arrives two years after “Father of the Bride,” marking a deliberate pace for the band. Notably, founding member Rostam Batmanglij departed from the group between the release of their third and fourth albums.
The band’s previous album, “Father of the Bride,” earned them a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2020. Moving away from their New York roots, Koenig recorded much of the album in California, collaborating with artists like Ariel Rechtshaid, Steve Lacy, and Danielle Haim.
As fans eagerly await the album’s release, Vampire Weekend’s “Only God Was Above Us” promises to be another milestone in their celebrated career.