New York rockers Vampire Weekend have already won over Rolling Stone, SPIN, the New York Times and enough music lovers to sell out several nights on their headlining tour next month. The self-titled debut album of these off-the-beaten path musicians is a fun-filled disc with indie pop jams unlike anything else out right now. Recorded last year at the band’s alma mater, a little school called Columbia University (you may have heard of it?), and Treefort in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, Vampire Weekend went from playing literary houses at Columbia to selling out Bowery and neighboring Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (formerly Northsix).
The influences on Vampire Weekend include African guitar, Western classical canon, reggaeton, summers in Cape Cod, an internship at the Oxford English Dictionary, travels in India and, of course, New York City. The disc opens with several poppy numbers that force you to get out of your chair and dance, or, at the very least, wiggle in your seat. The mellow quality of the vocals is a wonderful contrast to the many pop reggae beats that lace each song.
Make sure to snag a copy of Vampire Weekend’s critically-acclaimed self-titled debut today, January 29, 2008 on XL Recordings.