12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are deftly wielded forces of darkness and light at work on Vampire Weekend’s third record. Elegiac, alive with ideas, and coproduced by Ariel Rechtshaid, Modern Vampires of the City moves beyond the grabby, backpacking indie of its predecessors. In fact, whether through the hiccuping, distorted storm of “Diane Young” or “Unbelievers”—a sprinting guitar-pop jewel about the notion of afterlife—this is nothing less than the sound of a band making a huge but sure-footed creative leap.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

There are deftly wielded forces of darkness and light at work on Vampire Weekend’s third record. Elegiac, alive with ideas, and coproduced by Ariel Rechtshaid, Modern Vampires of the City moves beyond the grabby, backpacking indie of its predecessors. In fact, whether through the hiccuping, distorted storm of “Diane Young” or “Unbelievers”—a sprinting guitar-pop jewel about the notion of afterlife—this is nothing less than the sound of a band making a huge but sure-footed creative leap.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.1K Ratings
3.1K Ratings
Ari P ,

Breathtaking - a true masterpiece!!

Vampire Weekend have really outdone themselves with this most recent effort. They are no longer those kids in their early 20’s writing about oxford commas. They have matured as a band and this album is as good as anything they’ve done. Their songs are no longer about youthful or mundane concepts. They have really dug deep on this latest effort - singing about regret, loss, love, and religion – the types of things adults in their late 20’s begin to think about more and more as they enter a quarter-life crisis. This is Vampire Weekend’s most clever, thought-provoking album yet. The way they blend all the songs together into a magnificent concept album is astounding. This will go down as one of the best concept albums of the 21st century, along with The Decemberists’ The Hazards of Love and Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. The album cover is a great metaphor showing how anthropogenic emissions can kill people in a similar manner as vampires – hence, acting as a “modern vampire” in this day and age. The photo was taken on the smoggiest day in New York City back in 1966. I have streamed this album 5 times now and it just keeps getting better and better with each listen! The standout tracks are Obvious Bicycle, Step, Don’t Lie, Hannah Hunt, and Ya Hey. Enjoy this masterpiece! Albums like this do not come out everyday!

Mattthecoolguy ,

Awesome!

So far the four or so leaked/released tracks show that this is going to be an amazing album! I can't wait to hear the rest, especially if the ones that we have heard are this good!

kmf2013 ,

WOW

To everyone complaining that Vampire Weekend doesn't sound the same as their old stuff-that's the point! Their second album saw them maturing slightly from their first, and this one is them maturing from their second. They've spent years working on this because they wanted it to be at the level of music that they wanted their name attached to. Step is amazing, it's the kind of song you put a montage of late nights driving arounf with your friends to. Diane Young is upbeat and surfy and every time I hear it I want to dance around. I love how ghostly and melancholy Hudson and Hannah Hunt sound. Vampire Weekend has evolved, I love hearing the undertones of their old style, but I love the new vibe too! You can't ask a band to produce the same stuff over and over again, you have to let them grow as artists. And that's exactly what they've done, they've created a fantastic album with their musical genius. This album is definitely has more calming and mellow songs and I love them. This album is everything I hoped for it to be, new, innovative, and something that sounds like the guys. They put so much work into this album and I believe it paid off. I think they created something great. I think they pulled from their influences and played around with neew techniques and made something worthwhile. Once I get a physical copy of this, and not just listening to the stream, the disc won't leave my stereo for at least six months.

About Vampire Weekend

Mixing preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms, Vampire Weekend grew from one of the first bands to be championed by music bloggers into a Grammy Award-winning act that helped define the sound of the 2010s. Hailing from New York City, Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a short film Koenig made during his freshman year, the band started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. Word spread about Vampire Weekend's unique sound and lyrics ("Oxford Comma," one of the band's earliest songs, referred to comma usage in a list of three items), buoyed by the band's self-released EPs, which they recorded in locations spanning from their Columbia dorm rooms to a family barn. The buzz around Vampire Weekend reached a peak in 2007: that summer, the band embarked on its biggest tour yet, made several appearances at that year's CMJ Music Marathon, and signed with XL Records that fall. The Mansard Roof EP was Vampire Weekend's debut release for the label, followed by their self-titled first album early in 2008. Debuting within the Top 20 of both the American and U.K. album charts, the eponymous record was one of the year's most popular indie releases.

Vampire Weekend celebrated its success by hitting the road for the better part of two years, and keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij gathered additional accolades by releasing an album with Discovery, his electro side project with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles. During this time, Vampire Weekend returned to the studio to record Contra, which arrived in early 2010. Featuring the singles "Horchata" and "Cousins," the album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.

Late in 2011, the band returned to the studio to work on its third album, working with Ariel Rechtshaid, who co-produced the album with Batmanglij. Described as a darker, more organic set of songs by Koenig, Modern Vampires of the City was released in May 2013. Like Contra, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and also won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2014. Early in 2016, Batmanglij announced he had left Vampire Weekend but would continue to work with Koenig in the future. ~ Heather Phares

ORIGIN
New York, NY
FORMED
2006

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