Short Review Series: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of The City


Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
XL Recordings

RIYL: Arcade Fire, Haim, Passion Pit
Must-Hear Songs: Unbelievers, Diane Young, Hannah Hunt

Grade: A

It’s hard to deny how catchy Vampire Weekend’s hits were from previous records. Songs like A-Punk, M79, and Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa are beyond catchy, but it’s understandable that you want a record full of songs this catchy. Luckily, their latest release provides you with that wish. Song after song is better than the next, truly elevating their sound to become more than just the darlings of indie music. With the release of this record, Vampire Weekend has solidified their place in the top ranks of the best indie rock bands of this decade. Ranging from dance songs like Diane Young to somber introspective songs like Hannah Hunt and everything in between, this album is chocked full of fantastic songs that show off their remarkable growth in songwriting. This one is sure to make a lot of end of year lists.


Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.


Song of the Week: Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young”


“Diane Young”
Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
XL Recordings

Ever since hitting the scene in 2008 with their eponymous debut, Vampire Weekend has been coming out of left field with their unique spin on indie rock. Perhaps due to their idiosyncratic sound, they’ve seen plenty of commercial success, including numerous song placements in films. Now on their third release, the band has continued to step up their game, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and receiving great rating from critics.

Leading the trailblazing path is the 2:40 whirlwind of a song “Diane Young.” The synthesized low brass and fast paced drums set an incredible tempo for the song and is cut in half during the chorus as Ezra Koenig’s vocals are run through a vocoder and twisted and turned until you feel like you’ve done a 360° spin. Director Primo Kahn, who did the music video for the song, provided one of the most appropriate visual interpretations for the song possible.

You can download the song for FREE below.

You can also download Vampire Weekend’s latest album on iTunes or Amazon, as well as like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.


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