No other band in recent memory has had quite the polarizing effect of Vampire Weekend, a quartet of dapper Columbia University graduates that mixes catchy New Wave keyboard sounds and breezy indie-rock melodies with fluid Afro-beat rhythms on its much-blogged-about self-titled first CD. It's not hard to see why battle lines have been drawn. Still, you have to give the guys in Vampire Weekend credit for taking a risk in an era that has been dominated by the boorish and banal. That was definitely inspiring to us when the band started. Before the backlash hits and everyone derides them as Ivy League nerds pilfering all their great ideas from Paul Simon 's "Graceland," here's a look at some other literate rock acts that found inspiration in the African music section of the campus library - starting, of course, with Simon. Oh well.
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Inspired by the birth of his son, Ezra Koenig et al. During the short amount of time their new music has been public, the band has quickly made their way to No. The highly acclaimed group has certainly come a long way since they first formed back in , when they started out as a college band posting their songs on the internet. Since then, they have become recognized for their upbeat melodies and insightful lyrics, two hallmarks of their sound that still ring clear on their latest track list. A prevalent theme surrounding the music is the richness of history and the passing of time.
No filler here — just 33 minutes of twerk-core, hip-hop self-love anthems, torchy soul ballads, plus the occasional moment where she busts out her inner Tull to play flute hero. Frankly, its sheen is off-putting at first. And the bill comes due with a vengeance. It sounds like cold comfort. Sweetener was an ambitious artist crafting a self-consciously wide-scale pop statement and, coming just six months later, Thank U, Next turns out to be her best album yet.
Ezra Koenig, far left, never knew it would make you so angry to see him dressed in preppy clothing. Credit: Alex John Beck. For a guy who sings with a band whose last two albums went to No. Koenig orders a cafe Americano and talks about the crossroads he and the rest of Vampire Weekend were at before releasing their critically acclaimed "Modern Vampires of the City" album in May. The new album is — I hesitate to say this — more mature.