Monday, December 28, 2009

A Few Thoughts On Vampire Weekend's Contra

Vampire Weekend at The Rickshaw Stop, from the HAD Archive

While we have yet to get our hands on a copy of the full length, all indications are pointing to Vampire Weekend's second release, Contra, being a winner. Unquestionably determined to avoid the sophomore slump, the band clearly took some time to make sure that the new release (which drops on January 12th of the new year) had all the pep and rhythmic funk of the original.

In the past couple of months, the band has been gradually leaking tracks from the record. These have included the previously mentioned "Horchata", the spacey "California English Pt. 2", and the latest addition "Cousins" (complete with video, below). What's more, the band has released an online television channel of sorts, complete with additional album snippets and some free dance lessons to boot. Indeed.

All of this brings us to our conclusion, which is that frankly we're pretty excited about this record. We have to admit there was a bit of concern here at HAD that the Vampire Weekend boys might not be able to turn out another record with as much spunk and goodness as their debut, but from the looks of things, they've done exactly that. As such, we'll certainly be catching them when they stop by for the record's release.

Vampire Weekend have three dates in New York City from 1/17-1/19 at United Palace Theater, Webster Hall, and Bowery Ballroom.

mp3: Vampire Weekend - Horchata