“This has been particularly idyllic,” Ezra Koenig says, gesturing around himself, and it is: sun-filled recording studio, windows letting in the Los Angeles light. It's in this room that Koenig has been working—slowly, quietly—on a new Vampire Weekend record. Also raising a baby, here in the city. Just…existing, really. “There's moments where I've thought to myself: It kind of doesn't get better than this,” he says. “Like, spend the morning with your family, then you come to work in a place like this, hang out, and then you go back to your family. And I fantasized for a second: I could give the record to like four people and then say, All right, let's start on the next one.” But then Koenig began thinking about the live shows the band might play. He started thinking about people hearing the new songs. Like you, he thought about Vampire Weekend coming back and got excited.