Dealing in genres the band have dubbed 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa' and 'Upper West Side Soweto', Vampire Weekend is a breath of fresh air, both musically and lyrically, with this New York band endeavouring to make music that is anything but straight ahead rock. This is indie-rock that isn't indie-rock, a joyously exuberant carnival of melody and rhythm. Strings. Organs. Afro-funk guitars. Courtly 18th century harpsichord. A bit of post-punk (maybe Franz Ferdinand crossed with the Bhundu Boys?).
Lyrics about grammar and architecture and preferred bus routes and the British Imperial origins of American preppie fashion. With fleet-footed pizzazz Vampire Weekend deploy all these to craft a tinglingly refreshing sound. Anyone for brainy party music?
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
1 Mansard Roof
2 Oxford Comma [Explicit]
4 Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa [Explicit]
8 One (Blake's Got A New Face)
9 I Stand Corrected
10 Walcott [Explicit]
11 The Kids Don't Stand A Chance