In late 2010, frontman Ezra Koenig said Vampire Weekend's third album would draw inspiration from big-budget flop films like The Love Guru, The Rocker and Bride Wars. He was just kidding – the band actually took the recording process very seriously, spending more than 20 months perfecting the set. "There was a certain point where we kind of knew deep down that it didn't quite feel right," Koenig tells Rolling Stone. "We knew it could be better." They finally hit their stride during a writing retreat at a friend's house in Martha's Vineyard last spring, and later recorded the bulk of the disc in L.A. with producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Diplo, Snoop Dogg). Uptempo highlights include "Diane Young" and "Unbelievers." "Things that we might have found boring in the past, we've started to find more fresh," Koenig adds. "This record has more piano and acoustic guitar and organ. But at the same time, that means we needed to find ways to flip it."