Monday, June 3, 2013

The Last Supper with Sky Ferreira: Vampire Weekend - "Diane Young" (Lemon Sounds)

Following a largely un-fullfilled search for a copy of Modern Vampires of The City that aimlessly led me across Cumberland County, I realized that aside from 2-3 well-executed lyric videos, Vampire Weekend have yet to release a proper music video in support of their new album; Whilst still grabbing headlines by torching a couple Saab 900's and hanging out with "distant second cousin" Steve Buscemi, the New York-based band finally unleashed a "Diane Young" video Monday morning. Continuing a long-standing trend that started with "Giving Up The Gun" (2010), director Primo Kahn somehow managed to recruit a very interesting cast of characters: Chromeo, Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Sky Ferreira, Despot, Santigold, Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), and a ski-masked man that just might be cameraman Kahn himself.

What starts out looking mysteriously like a modern-day Last Supper slowly morphs into a righteous "dinner party where guest star Despot packs a saxophone with weed and smokes it," as The FADER perfectly describes it. From the sound(s) of it, Vampire Weekend have produced yet another well-constructed Indie Rock/Pop album; and quite frankly, "Diane Young" is a prime example of Ezra Koenig & Rostam Batmanglij's shared ability to craft wondrous post-Columbia Preppy Rock tunes time and time again... We're talkin' about progressively-building, brooding, Electro-Pop, wailing echo-filled, guitar feedback-drenched Ariel Rechtshaid co-produced jam. Vampire Weekend's long-awaited third Romantic Comedy-inspired album, Modern Vampires of The City was released on XL Recordings back on May 14th, a week wherein it sold 134,000 copies.

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