Music: Vampire Weekend "Modern Vampires of the City"

13 May 2013

Vampire Weekend "Modern Vampires of the City"

Track List
1. Obvious Bicycle
2. Unbelievers
3. Step 
4. Diane Young 
5. Don't Lie
6. Hannah hunt
7. Everlasting Arms
8. Finger Back
9. Worship You
10. Ya Hey
11. Hudson
12. Young Lion

You could be forgiven for thinking Vampire Weekend had done away with their musical career forever. Their second album "Contra" was released back in 2010 and not a thing was heard from them for quite some time. The preppy foursome - who first met at Columbia University in New York - shared a love of punk rock and African music, perhaps a little different from how their own sound turned out.

Their self titled first album and "Contra" now seem like just mere warm ups with the release of album number three "Modern Vampires of the City." After putting the album's date back for extra production time the album is a welcome sight for those avid Vampire fans. The upbeat tones and warm lyrical harmonies of MVOTC from the well educated foursome mask the heavy undertones of politics, death and New York City itself. 

The album artwork is the first sure sign of what you are going to be getting from Ezra, Rostam, and the two Chris'. A bleak and depressing scene of New York back in 1966 was taken by New York Times photographer Neal Boenzi. Even though the image was taken over 45 years ago the band believed it showed some kind of relevant future, smog was resolved but the air has grown more polluted.

"Darker and more organic" and "very much the last of a trilogy". - Ezra for Q magazine 2013
Frontman Ezra Koenig sings of finding the existence of hell and how half the world wants Americans like him dead in the oddly upbeat track 'Unbelievers.' The juxtaposition of a happy backing track not dissimilar to a fairground ride and lyrics such as, We know the fire that waits/ if I'm born again I know the world will disagree are just what the band do best

'Diane Young' is the first single taken from the album, singing of how short youth is and 'Diane Young' sounding more like dying young the lyrics are pretty clear, whilst of course keeping the upbeat Vampire sound. A slower pace comes with "Step" - the second single released, The gloves are off/ the wisdom teeth are out/ I feel it in my bones/ I can't do it alone. Probably one of the most complex from the album. The song talks of that girl from his youth, that first love and how he wasn't ready then but now he's stronger but can't do what he wants alone. 

In every song there is a hint and sometimes more than a hint of how much the band love where they come from. The love to make a statement and create a poignancy through lyrics of politics, death, first loves and the place you live. MVOFC is a finale for the band, the last in a trilogy.

The album is out today!

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