Vampire Weekend
frontman Ezra Koenig has confirmed the band’s plans going forward including the ongoing recording of a new album.

Following the news that founding member Rostam Batmanglij has planned to depart from the band in order to stand on his own as a songwriter and artist, fans were no doubt fretful regarding the band’s future and whether he’d carry on without him.

Speaking in an official statement released via his Instagram, Ezra reassured fans that Rostam’s journey to new pastures didn’t spell the end for the band or even his involvement in the band:

“A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house & talked abt whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important. I’m psyched about the work we’ve already begun for LP4 and I’m psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of. Also very excited to continue playing music with CT and Baio but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later in the year. For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it’s all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is “Mitsubishi Macchiato”…for obvious reasons. Shout-out to the fans who have been waiting for new music – it’s coming. ?????? Also tomorrow, we gotta talk abt Iowa.”

We’re not entirely sure what ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato’ means but it definitely sounds intriguing.