Album: Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend, XL
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The Independent Culture

Vampire Weekend are another ripple in the post-Strokes wave of eligible, educated young New Yorkers playing indie rock, but they're one of the more interesting examples of their kind. With song titles like "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", they do indeed sound like Paul Simon's 'Gracelands' relocated to uptown NYC. This doesn't make them completely unique, but it isn't the only trick up their sleeve. There's a lounge/exotica element too, and songs like "Mansard Roof" have the kind of classic melodies you can imagine being tackled by an Andy Williams or a Tony Bennett.