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Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig discusses the band's forthcoming new album

Ezra Koenig has opened up about the current state of Vampire Weekend’s forthcoming studio album, their fourth as a band.

Koenig, who has been somewhat out of the musical limelight as he works on Neo Yokio, his new anime series for Netflix which stars Jaden Smith, previously claimed the new Vampire Weekend album was “80% done” has built on that comment somewhat: “It’s getting there. I feel like it’s close to being done. There’s not too many other ways I can say it,” he said while in conversation with Zane Lowe for Beats 1.

The working title of the album is Mitsubishi Macchiato and the frontman explained his reasoning in more detail: “The last album was kind of our darker one. A little more somber, a lot of death and kind of sadness,” he said. “And unfortunately I can’t fully shake that. There’s always going to be an element of that. But I liked the name Mitsubishi Macchiato because it reminded me to wake up a little bit too and maybe get back to some other vibes. It’s going to be a mix.

“That last album felt very kind of autumnal, wintry, and I wanted to do something that at least has elements of springtime. Because life has to keep going. So you know, macchiato wakes you up, Mitsubishi makes you happy.”