“Whoa” was my initial reaction in listening to the new Vampire Weekend single, “Diane Young.” This was certainly out of the ordinary for this quartet from New York, though they have always been a band to push the limits and dabble in a wide array of genres, pulling influences from indie to baroque to calypso to rock-n-roll and more. The vocal distortion around a minute in is what first makes your ears perk up, and the following guitar flurry pulls you in. You can certainly tell that this is the same band that brought you Contra and Vampire Weekend, but there is absolutely something new–and it’s awesome. This characteristically retro tune will have your toe tapping and head bobbing in no time. The song’s upbeat and quirky disposition comes perfectly in time for the warmer weather, with the full album being released right at the onset of summer.
The album, titled Modern Vampires of the City, will drop May 7th, but “Diane Young” is not the only tasty snippet that we get to sample prior to the album release. Today, the band also released “Step” alongside “Diane Young,” after having debuted them at SXSW. “Step,” however, comes off a bit more familiar with an instrumental background reminiscent of tracks off 2008’s self-titled, and Ezra Koenig’s vocals are much more similar to “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” than in “Diane Young.”
If you love powerful drums, breakdowns and hyper melodies, “Diane Young” is the track for you. If you prefer a more relaxed, mellow track evocative of old VW days, “Step” will sit nicely with you. If, overall, you just love playful indie-esque rock with a sunny retro vibe, you already know you’ll be checking out Modern Vampires of the City.
Check out the tracks below: