The road to Vampire Weekend’s new album Father of the Bride (out May 3rd via Columbia Records) has been a long one. After a long six years, the band has been getting fans ready for the new release by slowly releasing new music. First, it was the grand single “Harmony Hall” and “2021,” then more recently “Sunflower” and “Big Blue.” Not to mention some pretty high-profile music videos.

Today the band have returned with two more brand new songs from the album: “This Life” & “Unbearably White.”

“This Life” is a big summery sounding anthem that is carrying some heavy Paul Simon vibes. The track, which was produced by both Ariel Rechtshaid and the band’s very own Ezra Koenig, features backing vocals from Danielle Haim and additional guitar from Jake Longstreth, Koening’s partner-in-crime on his Beats1 radio show Time Crisis. “Unbearably White” was written by Ezra Koenig and produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Koenig with additional production by BloodPop. It’s a textured and atmospheric take from the band, with Koenig’s ever-observational and poetic words flowing out like beer on a warm summer day.

It’s safe to say that both songs and all the new material that we’ve heard from Father of the Bride are a noticeably new take on the band’s sound, one that is very much full of chill summer vibes but some left turns that are keeping their sound fresh.

Enjoy a listen to both “This Life” and “Unbearably White” below.

Vampire Weekend – “This Life”:

Vampire Weekend – “Unbearably White”:

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