Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Track Review: Vampire Weekend - "Horchata"

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for since you listened to “Oxford Comma” 187 times in a row: a new Vampire Weekend song/album (!)

But first, a lesson from my best friend, Wikipedia: Horchata is “the name for several kinds of traditional (Caribbean) beverages, made of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley or tigernuts.” Mmmm, tigernuts.

But I digress. It so happens that Ezra Koenig has been drinking this stuff and wrote a song about it, and it ain’t all bad. The African/World influence is more pronounced than on their self-titled debut, and the instrumentation is more subdued but catchy in its own way. This one is definitely a grower. The same hallmarks of what made Vampire Weekend such a success are still here, but so are the things that cause ire in some folks as well (e.g. lack of a bottom end). Basically, this tune won’t make Vampire Weekend any new fans, and it remains to be seen if this song, not as immediately rewarding as anything on the debut, will be lost unto their legions of fans. “Horchata” appears on Contra, which drops January 12th. In the meantime, check out the streaming audio and download below. Happy listening!

Vampire Weekend – “Horchata” (Download)

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