Ten years ago today, Vampire Weekend released their third album, Modern Vampires of the City. Now, frontman Ezra Koenig is celebrating the milestone on social media. “MVOTC is ten years old. Wild,” Koenig wrote in an Instagram post today (May 14). He went on to discuss the writing process for many of the album’s songs, including tracks that germinated from snippets of music penned by Rostam Batmanglij.
“I think this is the VW album where Rostam’s composition and production shines through the most,” Koenig wrote, adding, “he deserves special praise and attention for his work here.” He also reflected on collaborations with producer Ariel Rechtshaid, engineer Emily Lazar, and others. Find his full statement below.
Vampire Weekend released their most recent studio LP Father of the Bride back in 2019—six years after issuing Modern Vampires of the City. Father of the Bride went on to win the Best Alternative Music Album at the 2020 Grammys. The band have since shared bonus tracks from the record as well as EP featuring reinterpretations of the song “2021.”
In December of 2021, Koenig guested on an episode of Mark Hoppus’ After School Radio on Apple Music Hits. During the interview, Koenig discussed Vampire Weekend’s forthcoming fifth album. “It is crazy that it’s been three years,” Koenig said, referring to Father of the Bride.
He added: “We’ve been working on music and, yeah, we were just recording in England for a while, now back in L.A., working with everybody, and, yeah, I mean, I think we’re… I’m always hesitant to…. Sometimes I oversell how close we are with the record because who really knows? But we almost have an album’s worth of songs.”
Revisit “Everything Vampire Weekend Have Done Since Modern Vampires of the City” and “Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on 10 Things That Inspired Father of the Bride.”