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”