Stranded In Stereo: Watch Out For: Vampire Weekend

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Watch Out For: Vampire Weekend

You might've read about them on every other blog, but I've finally caught on to the excellence that is Vampire Weekend. Don't be afraid of their name or think they're some scary goth band, they're the exact opposite. They make sunny, happy beach music is what I'm gonna call it. With the amount of hype this New York quartet is grabbing up recently, I'm gonna peg them as this year's Cold War Kids. They've got a string of songs floating around the interweb, and we'll be releasing a 3 song single later this month.

Equal parts Walkmen and
Remain In Light-era Talking Heads, the band blends the atypical indie sense to more Worldly beats and grooves. The music and lyrics are perfect songs to listen to at sea: "Wolcott" sounds like the song left on the cutting room floor from The Life Aquatic. "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" puts you there on the shores of the beach; with bongo drums and jittery guitars its the perfect song to drink a Corona to at the beach this summer. What's even better, though, is the super addicting "Oxford Comma" (I've listened to it 10 times today and there's no end in sight.) With it's simple repetitive drum beat and wurlitzer taking command, it's the catchiest song I've heard all year. It's breaks pace for a moment but comes back to the source. And that guitar solo, ah I can feel the summer breeze approaching.

Download: "Oxford Comma" [mp3]

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