Vampire Weekend are really good at a lot of things, but two stand out – 1) rollicking, arty pop-punk cuts (see: “A-Punk,” “Cousins,” “Diane Young”) and 2) seriously boundary-pushing, game-changing slow jams (“The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance,” “Diplomat’s Son,” “I Think Ur A Contra,” “Step”). “Ya Hey,” the band’s newest single from Modern Vampires of the City, distinctly falls into category two, as impeccably arranged, charmingly strange instrumentals and effects back up Ezra Koenig, who sounds like he’s yelling in a cavernous room about youth and alienation and authenticity in his singular postmodern poetics. We can’t wait for this record and it drops May 14 – put “Ya Hey” on repeat in the meantime.
Vampire Weekend – “Ya Hey”
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In preparation for a show at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple on November 10th.
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