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Modern Vampires of the City

13 May 2013 | Format: MP3

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With hindsight we would do well to remember how many critics thought that Vampire Weekend's eponymous debut might be their first and last record. The "Upper West Side Soweto" template did seem to offer limited development opportunities and suspicions lingered that this was just a slice of novelty cultural tourism by (at best) a bunch of privileged preppy white boys and at worse four Ivy League bozo's. Their excellent sophomore album "Contra" started to suggest a band with much greater staying power who were moving into very interesting darker corners. Now their third album "Modern Vampires of the City" confirms a new album that is an undoubted keeper by a band who must now be ranked as best amongst their peer group. Repeated listens confirm an almost perfect pop album strong on infectious song-smithery, populated with hooks large enough to catch Tuna and lyrics so smart you can award an A+ diploma to each track. Yes MVOTC is essentially about New York but within its vinyl grooves are songs which tackle themes of faith, death and after-life albeit with a broad smille on their face. While at one time the band may have seen "the dawn in the colours of Bennetton" this superficiality has passed and the opener "Obvious bicycle" it is so beautifully melancholic that it could appear on a Mercury Rev album. The same applies to "The Unbelievers" which sounds like Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" rewritten for the 21st Century with a splash of world music thrown in for good measure. Ezra Koenig's skills are brilliantly honed on an album standout "Step" which is both a doo-wop track with harpsichord and shows that he has studied his Brian Wilson songbook well. It is a gorgeous song that cries out for the repeat button.Read more ›
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This might take some justifying, but I feel Vampire Weekend’s third album Modern Vampires of the City should not only be regarded as the best album of the year but also as a grand artistic statement on malaise in modern America. From its very cover art – a 1966 photograph of the New York skyline in what remains the smoggiest day in the city’s history – Modern Vampires of the City caps off a near-perfect trio of indie pop albums with a subtle comment on the cloud of despair which currently hangs over post-recession USA.

Each album has seen Vampire Weekend slowly but surely evolve into a unique and experimental indie outfit eager to drag ‘the New York sound’ into a new musical frontier. In my opinion, Modern Vampires of the City is the ultimate genre-bending culmination of the songwriting partnership of Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij, seeing them continue to dabble in everything from harpsichord-utilising baroque pop on ‘Step’ to the classically-arranged masterstroke of the string arrangements on ‘Don’t Lie’.

The Afropop-inspired indie giddiness of Vampire Weekend and Contra is given due focus on the likes of ‘Finger Back’, ‘Worship You’ and ‘Ya Hey’ but the overall mood has been dialed down a tone to a dejected but ponderous sound. This can be jarring upon first listen – particularly in its most melancholic and experimental moments – but if you give Modern Vampires of the City the time it deserves it soon becomes clear it is their strongest effort to date.

Ostensibly, Koenig’s songs on Modern Vampires of the City are a mixture of nostalgic reflections on his youth and love songs, but his lyrics also appear to verge on social commentary exploring how 21st century America is still in thrall to fundamentalist Christian evangelism.
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"Modern Vampires of the City" sees Vampire Weekend distancing themselves from the Afrobeats and artful preppiness that dominated their previous two albums; here, the Ezra Koenig led band shows us a more intimate side, while dealing with deeper, more trascendental issues: there'll be no mentions of "Vuitton" in this album, whereas God gets two songs (the wonderful "Ya Hey" and "Worship you") and the marvelous "Step" succeeds in letting us see the band's underlying idea: "Wisdom's a gift, but you'd trade it for youth", Koenig croons. Musically, this lyrical change finds its counterpart in the introduction of new instruments - a piano guides the sweet "Obvious Bicycle" - and a more minimalist approach production wise. Nevertheless, the album - considerably quieter than the two preceding LPs -still packs a couple of good punches: the drum-heavy "Finger back" and "Diane Young" - the latter being a energetic showstopper, whilst ever continuing to explore what appears to be the album's leitmotiv: the growing-up process (Diane Young/Dying young).

It might prove too cumbersome for some, but I think this third effort from VW will win the band some converts: it's still VW - keen on double entendres, haughty references and musical experimentation - but they seem to have stuck the landing: we find the band at the top of their game, effortlessly improving on what were already a couple of very high quality albums.

This, according to band, is the closing installment of a trilogy. I for one am excited to see what they have to offer next.

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