Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City

Limited Black Vinyl LP Record + CD Album Copy

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Modern Vampires Of The City is the third studio album by American indie rock band Vampire Weekend, released in May 2013 by XL Records.

At the time of its release, Modern Vampires Of The City was touted as a "deeper" offering from Vampire Weekend. While that's true to an extent, it downplays the equally heartfelt and clever songs on their first two albums. What is undeniable is that Modern Vampires is a lot less obviously showy than the band's previous work.

They trade in ‘Contra’'s bright eclecticism for a less audacious production style and smaller instrumental palette: guitar, organ, harpsichord, and the occasional sample combine into a rarefied sound that suggests a more introspective version of their debut, and the band bookends the album with some of its most literal and insular chamber pop on "Obvious Bicycle" and "Young Lion".

Modern Vampires' quieter approach also showcases what might be most enduring about Vampire Weekend's music, endearing melodies and carefully crafted lyrics. It also fits Ezra Koenig's preoccupations on this set of songs, chief among them the fact that we're all going to die. The band sums up all of this brilliantly on "Step", where the music's hip-hop beats and harpsichords reflect the allusions to Souls of Mischief and growing pains in Koenig's lyrics.

Elsewhere, Vampire Weekend tones down the quirks that may have polarized listeners before; songs like "Everlasting Arms" and "Unbelievers" walk the fine line between cheery and grating so well that they could win over those who previously found them too peppy and preppy. Similarly, Modern Vampires Of The City 's political allusions are also subtler than they were on ‘Contra’, where the band brandished them like college students all too willing to display their awareness of current events. Even the album's most overtly political song, the darkly verbose "Hudson", adopts a more historical stance as it incorporates everything from 17th century explorers, pre-war apartments, and exclusive New York neighbourhoods into its meditations on fate versus free will.

Of course, Vampire Weekend can't completely stifle their exuberance, and the album's louder moments stand out even more vibrantly against the subdued ones. Ultimately, Modern Vampires Of The City is more thoughtful than it is dark, balancing its more serious moments with a lighter touch and more confidence than they've shown before. Even if Koenig and company fear getting old, maturity suits them well.

Check out the tracks: “Diane Young”, “Ya Hey”, “Unbelievers” and “Step”. 

This limited edition LP with a CD copy of the album is pressed in the UK on black vinyl.

(634904055615)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Obvious Bicycle

4:11

A2

Unbelievers

3:22

A3

Step

4:11

A4

Diane Young

2:40

A5

Don’t Lie

3:33

A6

Hannah Hunt

3:57

B1

Everlasting Arms

3:03

B2

Finger Back

3:25

B3

Worship You

3:21

B4

Ya Hey

5:12

B5

Hudson

4:14

B6

Young Lion

1:45

 

 

 

 

Compact Disc

 

1

Obvious Bicycle

4:11

2

Unbelievers

3:22

3

Step

4:11

4

Diane Young

2:40

5

Don’t Lie

3:33

6

Hannah Hunt

3:57

7

Everlasting Arms

3:03

8

Finger Back

3:25

9

Worship You

3:21

10

Ya Hey

5:12

11

Hudson

4:14

12

Young Lion

1:45

SKU 634904055615
Record Label XL Recordings
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number XLLP556
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 14 May 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 14 May 2013
Barcode # 634904055615
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Printed Insert, CD Album Copy
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Indie Pop
Genre Indie Rock
Format VINYL LP+CD

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