Vampire Weekend – “Ya Hey”

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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,┬ádistinctly 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.

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