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Vampire Weekend may have taken an extended break from releasing new music, but now that the newly regrouped band are back with their first album in five years, they’re returning to their trend of celeb cameos in music videos. Releasing the video for their lead single “Harmony Hall” from the upcoming album Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend have created a ’90s nostalgia video that heavily features a snake, some pancakes, and a brief appearance by Jonah Hill. What do all these things have in common? We have no idea, but the song is really pretty.
Directed by Emmett Malloy, who worked with the band on “Giving Up the Gun” and “Holiday,” “Harmony Hall” is mainly comprised of shots of Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, who makes fancy pancakes while wearing his boxers and poses with the rest of the members of his band in a white room using a fisheye lens, a trademark of early ’90s videos. The band later pick up their instruments to play in a darkened room filled with candlelight, which gave us flashbacks to MTV’s famous Unplugged series. Plus, there’s a Alanis Morissette-look-a-like whose sole job is to whip her long dark hair and make us want extensions. Danielle Haim, is that you?
A bleach blonde Jonah Hill makes his appearance at the end of the video along with musician Dev Hynes and producer Ariel Rechtshaid. Hill’s presence in the video isn’t explained, but considering the actor made his directorial debut last year with the time capsule film Mid90s, it does feel like a fitting music video for him to appear in. In the past, Vampire Weekend videos have featured Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lil Jon, RZA, Sky Ferreira, Chromeo, and Santigold. By Vampire Weekend-standards, “Harmony Hall” is pretty low-key.
Vampire Weekend premiered “Harmony Hall” and “2021” back in January, giving a vague album release date of April or May for their fourth studio album Father of the Bride. The band has yet to announce a concrete date, so until then we’ll watch “Harmony Hall” on repeat and try to not be terrified of the snake.