Edited by Kirby Marzec
Fashion and music go hand in hand, and with one of the first releases of 2010, Vampire Weekend released their second album “Contra” yesterday. With only one, self-titled album under their belts, Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio, all graduates from Columbia University, were made famous on various music blogs. With popular songs like “A-Punk” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” Vampire Weekend climbed the popularity charts and landed their music on commercials, in movies, on billboard charts and in several 2009 music festivals. ”Contra” is undoubtedly a Vampire Weekend album with its witty lyrics, high-pitched vocal doodling, synths and hand-claps. Expect some awesome auto-tuning, catchy tunes and easy listening appeal.
As a major Vampire Weekend Fan, I must admit that “Contra” is no “Vampire Weekend,” but then again, I’ve had the album on repeat for the past 24-hours! Everything about the album is youthful, optimistic and light hearted, a necessary digression from the brutal happenings of 2009. Be sure to listen to “Horchata,” “White Sky,” “California English” and “Run!”