July 4, by Melody Danielle Rice. Vampire Weekend are my favorite band of my lifetime. When I first heard their debut, it has not only become an all-time favorite for me, but the record also gave me the encouragement to seek out more new music, to find more new bands I could fall in love with. The two albums that came after both blew me away as well, moving their sound in new directions while also keeping what I loved about them — the songwriting, the inventive production, and the all-around craft.
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To like Vampire Weekend is to have your suspicions about Vampire Weekend. Whether it's racial questions stemming from their use of African rhythms, class concerns related to the four members embracing their well-to-do upbringings and Columbia educations, integrity concerns regarding their licensing of music for corporate advertisements or even conspiracy theories that surfaced after they went from being a buzzed-about blog band to Spin magazine cover boys before releasing a debut, controversy has dogged these guys since day one. But what about the music? With the band's third album, 'Modern Vampires of the City,' due this week, we felt it time to compile a list of the 10 Best Vampire Weekend Songs. Vampire Weekend have shed much of their afro-pop reputation, and 'Modern Vampires of the City' only features a couple of songs that fully recall the aesthetic of their their debut. Vampire Weekend are at their best when they seem comfortable and at home, and while this is often the case, it's particularly evident here. Of all the things that characterize Vampire Weekend's work, the use of string orchestration gets relatively little mention. And that's a shame, because it's hard to imagine their songs without it. Despite its obtuse lyrics, the tune is most notable for its dependence on strings, which create a royal, pure-bred vibe. Many knock the band for precisely this kind of hoity-toity presentation, but 'M79' is the sound of Vampire Weekend feeling confident in their polarizing persona.
The end result was a handful of people arguing for about 25 different tracks, which is quite amazing seeing as the indie pop band from New York City have only released a total of 33 album songs and a handful of B-sides. But Vampire Weekend are one of those groups that have a nearly flawless back catalogue and a cadre of hardcore fans endlessly arguing over their individual album and song rankings to no avail. Impeccably consistent across their three releases spanning , there are no right answers, not even a consensus best album for fans to rally behind, showing how strong of songwriters and producers the former quartet truly are. For a special subset of the millennial generation, myself included, they were the band that defined the peak of the indie rock era, soundtracking our first relationships, college parties, road trips, and everything in between. Hell, their most recent album, Modern Vampires of the City , a more mature and slightly darker departure from their peppy afro-pop influenced sound with lyrics about finally growing up and finding your place in the world, came out the day I graduated college. With two new songs released yesterday, we thought it was time to come up with our own list of our favorite Vampire Weekend songs in celebration of their return. Ambitious and brilliant, this is likely the song that separates Vampire Weekend from its contemporaries, putting Rostam in incredible demand for his production work for the better part of the next decade. Sounds boring right? That sound you heard when you first listened to the song in was the thousands of kids rushing to their computers to find the guitar tabs for that solo.
The news that Vampire Weekend is returning to the stage is exciting music lovers the world over. Like the re-emergence of the Arctic Monkeys, their return has compelled fans to unfurl their cherished records from a box in the basement. According to frontman Ezra Koenig, the song is based on meeting a friend of his girlfriend, called Blake, and assessing his face.