The hype machine can make or break a band. Sadly, a poor rating by Pitchfork can bury a great album. At the same time, some bands with great potential can actualize it with a good review there. I’ll be the first to say that Pitchfork is highly overrated and many of their darling albums are pretty lame. But here’s a little band that I first heard on The Current a few months ago that now has a huge audience thanks in part to a “Best New Music” tag, but mostly thanks to a fresh and unique sound.
Here is Vampire Weekend. Their sound is literally unlike anything I’ve heard. A mix of indie rock, punk, classical and African pop. A combination that sounds odd on paper (or pixels) works amazingly well thanks to the tight arrangments and striking vocal work.
My first run through the LP left me intrigued, but I wasn’t sure if it was really my thing. A second listen, however, cemented my opinion that this album is worthy of the hype. Definitely more worthy than a similar small band Pitchfork wet their pants over: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Ugh.
Don’t be afraid to listen! This band is worth your attention! Here are two of my favorites off their eponymous debut.