Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio announces debut solo album

The record will contain 'Bowie and Ferry-influenced pop songs'

Vampire Weekend member Chris Baio has announced details of his debut solo LP.

The record, which will be released under the bassist’s shortened moniker Baio, has been described by the electronic artist himself as containing “[David] Bowie and [Bryan] Ferry-influenced pop songs and dumbsmart arena techno”.

New York-born, London-based Baio will release the yet-unnamed album in the summer via Glassnote. It follows on from 2012’s ‘Sunburn EP’ and 2013’s ‘Mira EP’.

Fellow Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij recently joined Haim live onstage. The LA trio hosted a benefit concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles earlier this month (April 2), with a whole host of guests joining the three-piece live.

The show was dedicated to Sammi Kane Kraft, a friend of the the band who was killed in 2012 by a drunk driver. To honour their late friend, Haim performed with the likes of Laura Marling, Jenny Lewis, Kesha, Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste , as well as Batmanglij.

Vampire Weekend released their latest album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ in 2013. Read the NME review.

Speaking to The Guardian last year, frontman Ezra Koenig spoke about their next album. He said: “Sometimes I feel like starting on it really quickly, sometimes it feels like we should take more time. It’s like people say when you’re solving a problem, you think about it really hard, and then you stop thinking about it with your conscious mind. You’re watching TV and walking the dog, and suddenly the answer comes to you. I think the music just kind of guides you.”
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