Vampire Weekend Perform Cover of Post Malone & Swae Lee's “Sunflower”

The song originally sent Ezra Koenig into panic mode.

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Currently promoting their fourth studio album Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge earlier today for a special performance. Notably, the Ezra Koenig-helmed act served up a two-track set, choosing to deliver a live rendition of the Father of the Bride lead-single “Harmony Hall” and a cover of Post Malone and Swae Lee‘s “Sunflower” — which also shares the title of another, Steve Lacy-assisted Father of the Bride single.

According to a recent Rolling Stone profile, Ezra Koenig struggled with a “brief moment of panic” after learning that one of his new Vampire Weekend songs carried the same name as a chart-topping Post Malone and Swae Lee collaboration. Originally released as a single in October of last year, the aforementioned superstar-pairing’s “Sunflower” was recorded for the official Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack and later received its own music video as well. “Sunflower” managed to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s main character also sings the track during the film. Spring Aspers, Sony Pictures’ head of music and creative affairs, described the record as “anthemic, heartfelt, heroic and emotional,” and the sort of music that the movie needed, while Swae Lee called it one of his “favorite collaborations of 2018.”

You can check out Vampire Weekend’s Live Lounge cover of Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” for BBC Radio 1 above. Father of the Bride is scheduled to see release on May 3.

Last week, Vampire Weekend also shared the Jonah Hill-directed music video for “Sunflower,” which boasted an appearance by Jerry Seinfeld.

 

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