Halftime Leisure. By Teddy Carey. Published September 13, Ever since the release of Father of the Bride , it seems like Vampire Weekend is all anyone can talk about.
American indie band Vampire Weekend won everyone over in with their self-titled debut album. For fans, it captures a sense of summer; of days soaking up the sun without a care. It conveys such happiness and youth, still possessing such a transporting quality for the listener.
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The news that Vampire Weekend is returning to the stage is exciting music lovers the world over. Like the re-emergence of the Arctic Monkeys, their return has compelled fans to unfurl their cherished records from a box in the basement. According to frontman Ezra Koenig, the song is based on meeting a friend of his girlfriend, called Blake, and assessing his face. But deeper down it touches on a time when the Japanese gave up guns in favour of swords. One of their longest tracks is a mesmeric ballad and one their most memorable. Enveloping that is a cosmic array of piano and guitar arrangements making for a truly beautiful song. This is a university hit.
Their following album, Contra , was similarly acclaimed and garnered strong commercial success. The band members met while enrolled at Columbia University , beginning with a rap collaboration between Koenig and Tomson named "L'Homme Run". Koenig toured with The Dirty Projectors during a period of experimentation with African music, inspiring the band to incorporate world sounds into their earliest work.