Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Music Spotlight: Vampire Weekend
Let's spotlight a couple of albums from New York-based Vampire Weekend. VW started off with a lot of buzz despite any album back in 2006 and releasing songs onto the Internet only helped generate buzz until the release of their self-tilted debut in 2008.
The standout tracks on Vampire Weekend are "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" and the fun "Oxford Comma"
Here is what AllMusic has to say:
Everything is concise, concentrated, distilled, vivid; Vampire Weekend's world is extremely specific and meticulously crafted, and Vampire Weekend often feels like a concept album about preppy guys who grew up with classical music and recently got really into world music. Amazingly, instead of being alienating, the band's quirks are utterly winning. Fully realized debut albums like Vampire Weekend come along once in a great while, and these songs show that this band is smart, but not too smart for their own good.
Vampire Weekend followed that up with Contra, released in January. A definite step forward from their debut, Contra finds the band experimenting more with different sounds and mostly succeeding. The lead track "Horchata" is a fun and catchy tune.
AllMusic's take is:
The scholarly Upper West Side Soweto of Vampire Weekend’s debut sounded self-assured, but on Contra, they step out of their ivory tower with just as much confidence. In all senses of the term, this is a sophomore album. The band still flaunts the collegiate sense of discovery that made Vampire Weekend charming -- and sometimes too precious -- but with more maturity and creativity. With Contra, Vampire Weekend make Auto-Tune and real live guitars, Mexican drinks, Jamaican riffs and Upper West Side strings belong together, and this exciting lack of boundaries offers more possibilities than anyone could have expected.
Vampire Weekend and Contra are located in New Music: MR Vampire