Saturday, July 20, 2013

Album Review: Modern Vampires of the City

Title:  Modern Vampires of the City (Amazon, iTunes, AllMusic, Wikipedia)
Artist:  Vampire Weekend (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.fm, AllMusic, Wikipedia)

Vampire Weekend’s third album Modern Vampires of the City is pretty much what you’d expect with its almost delicate vocals, danceable drumbeats, and pop sensibilities.  The band first gained notoriety when the hip and hipster music sites (like Pitchfork) pushed their self-titled debut back in 2008.  The band’s music has evolved with each release but at the same time, each album sounds distinctly like Vampire Weekend.  The band’s sound is actually not easy to describe.  While obviously a modern indie rock/indie pop band in the same vein as bands like Bishop Allen, We Are Scientists, and fun. and sounding like they probably listened to a lot of Rilo Kiley records in high school, the band mixes, as PunkNews.org put it, “South African pop seamlessly with New England classically-trained preppiness.”  That description pretty much sums up Vampire Weekend’s sound, which until reading that review I had no clue how to accurately describe.  What makes Modern Vampires… work as a record is that it sounds and feels like it was recorded by a band that has found their sound and is comfortable with it.  This band could have easily gone off in different directions in an attempt to please their hipster following but instead seems to have decided to left their music slowly develop without trying to break the mold.  Yes Vampire Weekend is a hipster band but they are a talented band that has brought something new to the table and nurtured it over three records.  Hipsters get a bad wrap and yes they, and their music publications of choice, can be annoying as hell but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be good at what they do.  And Vampire Weekend is certainly good at what they do.

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