Vampire Weekend - Contra

Limited Black Vinyl LP Record

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Contra is the second studio album by American indie rock band Vampire Weekend, released in January 2010 by XL Records.

On Contra Vampire Weekend stepped out of their ivory tower with just as much confidence as their debut. The band still flaunts the collegiate sense of discovery that made Vampire Weekend charming, but with more maturity and creativity.

The album’s artwork, hints at the flair with which Vampire Weekend play mix-and-match on Contra. They throw listeners into the deep end with “Horchata”, which features a four-on-the-floor beat, thumb piano, rubbery synth bass, and massed harmonies - almost everything except the spry guitars that helped define their first album. “California English” goes farther, tweaking Ezra Koenig’s yelp with Auto-Tune, the bête noire of those who value “realness” in their music; for Vampire Weekend, it’s just another instrument for them to play with.

On paper, Contra’s hybrids seem more contrived than they actually sound: “Giving Up The Gun” fuses funk, house and stadium rock into a sweet melody propelled by choppy rhythms. “Diplomat’s Son” is even more far-fetched and fantastic, adding samples of M.I.A. and Toots & the Maytals to nostalgic chamber pop.

The album bustles with so many sounds and ideas that it challenges listeners to decide where to put their ears first, particularly on the single “Cousins”, a blur of guitars and jump-cut drums that sounds like abstract punk. Despite this busyness, Vampire Weekend are looser and less cryptic than on their debut, allowing them to tell stories like “Holiday”, an Iraqi war protest set to skanking guitars.

With Contra, Vampire Weekend make Auto-Tune and real live guitars, Mexican drinks, Jamaican riffs and Upper West Side strings belong together, and this exciting lack of boundaries offers more possibilities than anyone could have expected.

Check out the tracks: “Horchata”, “Cousins”, “Giving Up The Gun” and “Holiday”. 

This limited edition LP is pressed in the UK on black vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Horchata

3:27

A2

White Sky

2:59

A3

Holiday

2:18

A4

California English

2:30

A5

Taxi Cab

3:56

A6

Run

3:53

B1

Cousins

2:25

B2

Giving Up The Gun

4:46

B3

Diplomat’s Son

6:01

B4

I Think Ur A Contra

4:26

SKU 634904042912
Record Label XL Recordings
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number XLLP429
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 11 January 2010
Original Release Date (Year) 11 January 2010
Barcode # 634904042912
Shipping Weight 0.2700kg
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 Fold Out Insert
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Indie Pop
Genre Indie Rock
Format VINYL LP

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