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Campus (Original Version)
Rostam Batmanglij

“Campus,” the sixth song on Vampire Weekend, was written by keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij before the band was ever formed. The version that appears on the album is very different from Batmanglij’s original version, presented here. Instead of an indie rock track with Afropop influence, “Campus” appears here with no guitars or keyboards, and minimal drums, all replaced by a luscious string ensemble. Batmanglij’s vocal delivery is softer than Koenig’s, and the song takes a completely different attitude from the final version that appears on Vampire Weekend. 

Ezra Koenig gives an “update” on Vampire Weekend’s LP4

every day I get comments & questions about the next Vampire Weekend album. obviously, we gotta take our time & get it right but the fans deserve some information. I know it feels like it’s been an eternity since the last one but time…is strange. this is what’s been happening:

2013- MVOTC release
2014 – still touring/promoting
2015 – mental health year (putting 3 albums in stores was taxing), worked on a vibey project you’ll hear abt soon
2016- writing LP4, long days in the library researching w/ the grad students
2017 – recording, trying to finish ASAP what else can I tell you without playing myself? hmm, it’s a lil more springtime than the last one. guitar’s not dead. there are songs (currently) called “Conversation” & “Flower Moon.” Flower Moon is hard to finish but I think it belongs on the album. working title is still Mitsubishi Macchiato cuz it is a helpful concept. I should probably stop there cuz all of that information is subject to change & I can’t tell you the really good stuff anyway 🍍🔥🍍🎶🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌗🌘🌚