Vampire Weekend Share Final Father of the Bride Singles, "This Life" and "Unbearably White"

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Vampire Weekend Share Final <i>Father of the Bride</i> Singles, "This Life" and "Unbearably White"

Ezra Koenig and company have made good on their word by delivering monthly (or thereabouts) two-song releases leading up to the arrival of their new double album, Father of the Bride, due out May 3 on Columbia Records. The last of those double-single drops came Thursday morning as Vampire Weekend released “This Life” and “Unbearably White,” the fifth and sixth singles from their forthcoming fourth album.

“This Life” is an incongruously carefree-sounding ode to a dysfunctional relationship (“You’ve been cheating on, cheating on me / I’ve been cheating on, cheating on you”) that boasts backing vocals from Danielle Haim, with guitar from Koenig’s Beats 1 radio show Time Crisis collaborator Jake Longstreth. Koenig and Ariel Rechtshaid produced the song with additional production from Dave Macklovitch.

“Unbearably White,” the title of which you can write your own joke about, was written by Koenig, who also produced it alongside Rechtshaid, with additional production from BloodPop. This second single of this pair is far more subdued, with Koenig sounding genuinely rueful as he sings, “Baby, I love you / But that is not enough,” using the unbearable whiteness of a snowy mountain peak as a metaphor for romantic overexposure.

Today’s new tracks follow January’s “Harmony Hall” and “2021,” and March’s “Sunflower” and “Big Blue.” Vampire Weekend have also rolled out music videos for “Harmony Hall” and “Sunflower,” directed by Emmett Malloy and Jonah Hill, respectively, during this long and active album cycle. They announced a tour in support of their new album in late January, and have since added a number of summer festival sets to their itinerary, including a performance at Glastonbury in late June.

Listen to “This Life” and “Unbearably White” below, and check out Vampire Weekend’s 2007 Daytrotter Session and tour slate further down. You can preorder Father of the Bride here.

Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride Tour Dates:

May
17 — Gulf Shores, Ala. @ Hangout Music Festival
25 — Middlesbrough, U.K. @ Big Weekend 2019

June
05 — Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach
07 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
08 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ BMO Harris Pavilion
09 — Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Armory
11 — Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
12 — St. Louis, Mo. @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
14 — Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
15 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ PNC Pavilion
16 — Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
18 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Ascend Amphitheater
21 — Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater
22 — Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
23 — Dover, Del. @ Firefly Festival
26-30 — Shepton Mallet, U.K. @ Glastonbury Festival

July
01 — Dublin, Ireland @ Trinity College
02-05 — Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
05-07 — Ewijk, Netherlands @ Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
11 — Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool Festival
12 — Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive Festival
27-28 — Detroit, Mich. @ Mo Pop Festival

August
16 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ The Criterion 
17 — Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
18 — Dallas, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
20 — Austin, Texas @ ACL Live
21 — Austin, Texas @ ACL Live
24 — Miami, Fla. @ James L. Knight Center
25 — St. Augustine, Fla. @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
27 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Fox Theatre
30 — Norfolk, Va. @ Ted Constant Convocation Center

September
03 — Boston, Mass. @ Agganis Arena
04 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
06 — New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
08 — Montreal, Que. @ MTELUS
25 — Vancouver, B.C. @ Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
27 — Seattle, Wash. @ WaMu Theater
28 — Portland, Ore. @ McMenamins Edgefield

October
01 — San Francisco, Calif. @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
02 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl
03 — San Diego, Calif. @ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
06 — Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
08 — Denver, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

November
07 — Edinburgh, U.K. @ Usher Hall
08 — Manchester, U.K. @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
09 — Manchester, U.K. @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
11 — Birmingham, U.K. @ O2 Academy
13 — London, U.K. @ Alexandra Palace
16 — Paris, France @ Le Zenith
18 — Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
19 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ AFAS Live

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