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Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend

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These clever, effervescent New Yorkers will lift the curtains on their third studio affair—instantly revealing a modern setting (“Morning’s come, you watch the red sun rise/the LEDs still flicker in your eyes”), while hinting at the collection’s timeless themes—of aging, faith, and companionship. You don’t have to be a hyper-literate listener to appreciate these tunes. They’re served with spoonfuls of gorgeous (“Obvious Bicycle”), breezy (“Everlasting Arms”), and ghostly melodies (“Step”). The lead single, “Diane Young,” is a ‘50s-inflected bopper whose title sounds like a double-entendre (“dying young”) and this concept of mortality segues into baroque-pop-fringed “Don’t Lie”—where frontman Ezra Koenig pleads for a lover to resuscitate their romance (“Young hearts need the pressure to pound / so hold me close my baby”). There are several religious references—expertly stitched through a three-song stretch (“Finger Back,” “Worship You,” “Ya Hey”)—reflecting a depth which is beautifully balanced by the album’s immediate, undeniable musicality.

Customer Reviews

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!


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!


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.


Formed: 2006 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Describing their sound as "Upper West Side Soweto," New York City's Vampire Weekend mix preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms. 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 movie Koenig made during his freshman year, the band started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. Word spread...
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