New York kings of indie Vampire Weekend have just released their first content since 2010’s second album, ‘Contra’, ahead of their third LP, ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, and they’re a couple of varied, brilliant pieces.
‘Diane Young’, is a mad mixture of influences and instruments, with voice alterations just the tip of the iceberg. A rapid drum beat punctuates the sounds of brass horns and a vocal, that whilst distinctive of lead singer, Ezra Koenig’s vocals, has him rushing through the lyrics, like he’s in a major hurry. Parts of it carry the African drumming the band are famed for, parts sound like an Elvis song from the rock’n’roll days of the 50’s, it’s a real diverse piece, and probably best described by the top comment on its YouTube video: ‘such a fun ass track!’.
Fellow track, ‘Step’, is more recognisable as a Vampire Weekend track, and a mellower piece on the whole. Opening with an orchestral vibe the New Yorkers are known for, it is a nice lyrical piece that is ethereal, taking things slow and steady and equating to a peaceful song, in comparison to the other release. Koenig’s vocals soar alongside a backing choir and the electronic nuances that poke in and out of the length of the tune, it’s a sign of how differing the band can be.
Initial signs, then, show that the third album looks to be a cracker. We’ll find out on May 6th, when it’s released here in the UK.