A LOT of buzz behind this band, and honestly such hub-bub usually tends to turn me off, b/c my expectations are usually not met for the next big “it” band (see Arctic Monkeys). But, if the songs Vampire Weekend has been leaking prior to their January 29, 2008 full length release are any indication of their material, this should be one of the first to make some of the critics ’08 best album lists. Currently touring with the Shins overseas, this band hails from NYC, but incorporates a lot of world music vibe into their stateside ditties (some calling it “Preppie Afro Pop”). Really has a summer feel to it if you ask me, so should be a breath of fresh air coming out in the heart of winter. Check out the following tracks available through KEXP and on VW’s website.
Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk