July 16, 2018
Issue 7 2018
Music Review

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of The City


It has been five years since the indie-rock band Vampire Weekend's last album Modern Vampires of The City, and it seems that they will finally release a new album sometime soon. Ezra Koenig, the singer of Vampire Weekend, is probably one of the most brilliant songwriters in the world, no exaggeration, and Modern Vampires of the City is a great indication of this.

Step is my favourite song on the album Modern Vampires of the City. It has a feeling of growing up and dealing with life and the ups and downs that come with that, though it’s really about a girl. I love the lines the lead singer sings in the chorus; the gloves are off / the wisdom teeth are out / what you on about? / I feel it in my bones. It’s very melancholy, much like the song Ya Hey and Hannah Hunt, a bit different to their more up-beat, ‘world music' type songs on previous albums. Ezra sounds almost like Paul Simon, especially on the beautiful song Obvious Bicycle, it reminds me of Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes. The falsetto is amazing on this song also. Diane Young really encapsulates the essence of Vampire Weekend, it’s quirky, fun and sounds much like a Beach Boys song.

There’s really nothing to fault with this album, all the songs are amazing on their own. Unbelievers is another great one, I’d just list the whole album if I could.

All of Vampire Weekend’s albums need to be devoured before their next one is released, they’re all so brilliant in their own unique way and I’m excited to hear the new album.