54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

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Vampire Weekend
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Vampire Weekend

Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA
Last March, frontman Ezra Koenig offered a few clues on Instagram about Vampire Weekend's fourth album. "It's a lil more springtime than the last one," he wrote. "Guitar's not dead." He also confirmed the working title Mitsubishi Macchiato ("a helpful concept"), referenced songs called "Conversation" and "Flower Moon," and teased fans dying to know more: "I can't tell you the really good stuff anyway." Was he serious about any of this? Hard to say – as his animated social satire Neo Yokio recently reminded fans, Koenig has a sly sense of humor. Either way, the stakes for the album are high. The album will be Vampire Weekend's first release since the departure of co-founder Rostam Batmanglij, and it follows 2013's Modern Vampires of the City, which Rolling Stone named that year's best album. Speaking to RS in October, Koenig mentioned sessions with pedal-steel expert Greg Leisz and guitarist/producer Steve Lacy of the Internet, and struck an optimistic tone: "After this period of smoking weed and making cartoons, I came back fresh."

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