Thursday, August 09, 2007

Shorthand: Vampire Weekend "Vampire Weekend EP"

Vampire Weekend is a bit of old news among hardcore (or even not so hardcore) bloggers at this point. However, I would be remiss not to mention them here, as they are clearly worth a listen.

Vampire Weekend employ a specific type of easy going, hipster nonchalance that greatly works to their credit. They come with almost no excess baggage despite being an NYC hype story through and through. More importantly, of course, their blending of deft pop and what one uninformed individual might loosely describe as “world music,” is a true testament to the success of the base, formulaic nature of valuable pop music. Front man Ezra Koenig carries with him a swagger and a purpose that seem both magnanimous and biting at the same time. This allows Vampire Weekend to keep an aura of unexpectedness about them. Their debut EP is merely three tracks long, but they are able to almost perfectly connect the worlds of aesthetic bliss and narrative creativity in that relatively short time span. It’s hard to tell just which way they are going to go at any given moment, making the EP a decidedly exciting experience.

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