Vampire Weekend is that indie band music enthusiasts dreamed of arising to the scene. We imagined this kind of group long before they were discovered. They were sought-after, anticipated and waited for, they were desired to exist. They are an indie band in its strict-est sense. The epitome of, if you will. And then there they were. So timely they came when people are losing what indie really sounds like. They came in time, during the first quarter of 2008, when music scene was dry and they’re the only ones to make noise. That dream indie band could’ve had easy-to-accept but recognizable flaws. They could’ve been too strange to handle. They could’ve been too cocky after fame. They could’ve had long hairs singing dobi-doo-woop’s rumblings of nothings, or maybe using some kind of odd fashion style just for a fad. They could’ve been too goofy or too nerdy to bare. But no, they are just (if there’s such word) perfect. After the success of A-Punk, they took a moment, to breathe, to think what’s up but not what’s next and to generally enjoyed the achievements. They embraced their popularity without having too much illuminations. While they are plain in appearance, they are decorative and creative in music deliverance. They are whimsical, jaunty and artfully amusing. A prime exhibit among many of those sunny indie bands. Actually they somehow far more from the expectations of that dream indie band, surprisingly and unexpectingly more.They akwardly made substantial vocal lyrics, during tough, controversial and political times. They appeared as an important new band without being so subtle about it, without even themselves noticing. They introduced themselves so sophisticatedly. Without being too much too early. Maybe they really are down to earth. Or maybe they’re really using their brains and are being clever. I say they’re putting their thinking caps on. On their first self-titled album, they are, in good terms, basic. They left rooms for explorations. They left space to fill further materials and elements. They covered their basic influences. They sound as what they want to appear as in their introductory selves. There’s nothing in and about them that you can associate with being extensive. They seem to have that grand entrance of a heralding indie band but clearly, they possess an enormous simplicity (if that makes sense). They are full in the sense that they included enough. They dodged their distractors in the classiest way, just make more good music. Enter Contra, their second, and they put another layer to their materials, not another dimension. They strengthen those influences from their first. The whims are more dispersed. Their true elements are clearer, *more pure*. Their sincerity, much serious. In Contra, they have covered their grounds and lifted another level. The gaps are filled and the rooms are accomodated, with more substances and with much growth. Although one thing that remained, one thing I don’t think could ever happened to this group. I don’t think they could ever be too much. They can always be more, but never can be too much. And it all basically end up to the fact that Vampire Weekend remains to be that ideal, definitive, epitome of an indie band we dreamed of rising… and even more….
Vampire Weekend is one of my top 10 albums of the last decade.
Contra is one my best albums of 2010.