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Okay, I’m actually reviewing two tracks here. “Diane Young/Step” is the first single- a double a-side- from Vampire Weekend’s highly anticipated third album, “Modern Vampires of the City”, scheduled for release on May 7th.

“Diane Young” is action-packed and more electropop than any other Vampire Weekend song. It’s fast and noisy- a farleap from the polished sound of their debut self-titled album- but still distinctly Vampire Weekend. Ezra Koenig’s lyrics are clever and witty as always- “Diane Young” is a homonym for “dying young”. Voice effects are also used, for the first time since Contra’s “California English”. It’s very different from previous tracks- Contra’s “California English” is the closest match-, but it’s lots of fun and, overall, a well-crafted song.

“Step” is on the calmer side, backed with piano and a more traditional rhythm. Koenig’s voice is smooth, the instrumentals are clean, and the percussion is relaxed. It’s beautiful in a simple way, the kind of song you’d play on a clear, sunny morning. It has elements that seem almost reverent; it’s the kind of song that provokes deep thought. But it has a few tricks up its sleeve- ambient noise and voice distortion are utilized to perfection.

Overall, these two new tracks are very promising, and I can’t wait to hear more.



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