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Ezra Koenig announces Rostam Batmanglij collaborating on fourth album after exit

By Marilyn Malara   |   Jan. 27, 2016 at 2:57 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig says although Rostam Batmanglij has officially lfet from the band, he will continue to collaborate on its fourth album.

Koenig took to Instagram to relay the message to fans, adding that Vampire Weekend's next record is already in the works.

"For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it's all about recording the next album," Koenig wrote. The upcoming project will follow the band's most recent album, 2013's Modern Vampires of the City.

"There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is 'Mitsubishi Macchiato,'" he added, "for obvious reasons."

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.

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Multi-instrumentalist Batmanglij also used social media Tuesday to break the news of his exit from Vampire Weekend. "My identity as a songwriter [and] producer, I realized, needs to stand on its own," he wrote. "Still connected to the ppl I work with, but through the songs we make together."

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