By Tara Schoenborn
Given the evolution from their first album to the second, indie darlings Vampire Weekend’s upcoming third album should be on your radar.
Recently, Vampire Weekend confirmed its highly anticipated third studio album will be released this spring.
The indie pop ensemble first emerged in the music scene in 2007 with the release of “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” which Rolling Stone ranked No. 67 on its list of the “100 Best Songs of the Year.” What makes the band so unique is its inspiration from African melodies and rhythms. This was obviously a little unexpected coming from a bunch of Ivy League white kids, but surprisingly enough, Vampire Weekend has a really cool sound. “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” is upbeat and bright with an engaging guitar sound that gives this indie band a pop edge sounding similar to a Paul Simmons song.
In its sophomore album, Contra, the band moved to a more synthesized and tighter sound in an effort to keep up with pop music taste. The band still has a lot of Afro Pop elements and keeps an upbeat air, but now is much more dynamic with its influences and includes some reggae and ska punk, which is heard in the song “Diplomat’s Son.” The neatest thing about Contra is no two songs sound quite the same. They all share the Vampire Weekend feel, but vary from reggae to pop to more of an electronic rock sound, as heard in “Giving Up the Gun.” Interwoven with their unique sounds are a clever mix of electronics, synthesizers, guitar trills, and lyrics relating to hardships in America, like the recent recession. This prove the band’s willingness to experiment as well as its composing talent.
After releasing no new material for the past two years, it will be interesting to see what new sounds the band will have on its third album. Until then, make this weekend a Vampire Weekend and chill out to some Afro-inspired pop.