Remain in Graceland

Vampire Weekend

Well, it seems like everyone is talking about the self-titled debut album from the band Vampire Weekend that’s due to drop tomorrow. Though I’m annoyed by the incessant hype of a band that has only released a single CD-R EP, I begrudgingly admit that the album is (mostly) worthy of the praise. Clean, tight guitar rhythms that recall former NYC-hype darlings the Strokes combined with African-influenced percussion that borrow equally from the Talking Heads and Graceland-era Paul Simon create an indie rock that is straightforward enough so as to not offend but creative enough to sound fresh. Phew.

High points: “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” (which is OBVIOUSLY indebted to Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”), “Boston,” “Walcott”

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2 Responses to “Remain in Graceland”

  1. Chase Says:

    I actually really like M79. By far my favorite track

  2. Brock Says:

    I just realized that “Boston” and “M79” are the same song — “Boston” is apparently the early/demo title. Whoops. I agree, though, it’s a good song.

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