Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend

When they first appeared in 2007 Vampire Weekend showed the sort of magpie-like approach to mixing bits of world music and western rock not seen since Paul Simon's 'Graceland'. Theirs is a preppy, clever-clogs sound with lyrics concerning architecture and bus routes. Not your standard indie rock fare then. The original press release sums them up quite accurately as Franz Ferdinand meets the Bhundu Boys.   

Vinyl LP £15.75 XLLP318

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Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend
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9/10 Brian 24 January 2008
MUCH more in my bracket is this Vampire Weekend long playing disc. It's handily self titled too. You'll all have devoured 'Mansard Roof' by now, a whirling, spindly thing with trebly african guitars that makes you wanna twirl round and laugh with delight! The guitars really make them sound quirky, vibrant & stimulating. There's bits of ska in there, a celebratory mid period Clash crossed with Clap Your Hands style college pop. They call themselves "Upper West Side Soweto" but manage to avoid such irritating pitfalls that usually blight white western folks that hi-jack African rythyms. They even mildly dis Peter Gabriel in a song that I feel attacks the hypocrisy & complacency of "bleeding heart" types who are just fakers in the singers eyes. They don't sound very American, much more Larrikin Love in my eyes (ears!) but that Ezra Koenig needs to watch his voice as it does err on cringeworty territory a couple of times. You'll know when you hear it & who we mean! Good forward thinking breezy pop for the New Year! On XL, CD & vinyl to follow. Mingus accuses them of Cultural Tourism BTW. Anyone agree?



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