Vampire Weekend reveal ‘mystery blonde’ is cover of second album

Plus the New Yorkers announce release date and tracklisting for 'Contra'

Vampire Weekend have revealed all about their second album today (September 15) – including its cover, which features the mystery blonde who has been cropping up on music sites for several days.

The album, set for release on January 11 next year, will be called ‘Contra’ and features the image, a vintage snap from the early 1980s, on the cover (pictured).

“Just like the first album, I’m really excited how everything is tied in musically, lyrically and especially aesthetically,” declared frontman Ezra Koenig.

The band have also announced that ‘Contra’ will feature the following tracklisting:

‘White Sky’
‘California English’
‘Taxi Cab’
‘Giving Up The Gun’
‘Diplomat’s Son’
‘I Think Ur A Contra’

For more on Vampire Weekend‘s second album get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands nationwide from tomorrow (September 16) – for an exclusive interview with the band.

In the meantime, watch Vampire Weekend‘s tour of the New York studio where they recorded ‘Contra’ on the right.