Above is a streaming player for "Horchata," the opening track and leadoff mpfree from Vampire Weekend's forthcoming sophomore full-length Contra. If you hate fancy widgets as much as our parents, below is a more simpler version just for you. We had the pleasure of hearing said album two weeks ago and it set our hair on fire. Not too many people can say that about a Vampire Weekend album! While there are still elements of African musics peppered throughout in both guitar and rhythmic form, the onetime purveyors of "Upper West Side Soweto" have taken a very thoughtful step outside of the sometimes safe (haters say too safe/manicured) confines of their pop bubble. It's expansive and it's thrilling and warm and we're probably as excited for everyone to hear it as those dudes are. Start here.
Vampire Weekend, Horchata