So it’s not exactly the newest album on the shelf, but Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City – released in May 2013 – is too good to miss. Packed to the brim with sweet chill out tunes, it’s just perfect for a long summer spent lazing on the beach.
The album is slightly less up-beat than previous work from VW, with a certain darkness fitting both the band’s name and the eery New York skyline album cover. “Diane Young”, for example, seems to almost touch into heavy metal territory, quite unlike the usual folk indie style of the band, and “Hudson” is much slower and more funeral-esque than any of the other tracks featured on the album.
However, it is still packed with powerfully emotional harmonies, and that classic percussion-based synth-infused indie-rock (would-you-like-some-more-hyphens-with-that?) vibe that Vampire Weekend became famous for. The best examples of this are “Step”, “Everlasting Arms” and “Ya Hey”.
The album has already become the band’s second consecutive number-one, and has been nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the upcoming 56th Annual Grammy Awards. It will also be gracing my iPod all summer long.
Hometown: New York City, US.
Sounds Like: Arcade Fire, Passion Pit.
Say What? In their early days, Vampire Weekend self-produced their first eponymously titled album, “Vampire Weekend”, while still working full-time jobs. Lead singer Ezra Koenig was working as an English teacher, and drummer Christopher Tomson was a music archivist.
With sweet summer kisses from Cath.