Vam­pire Weekend: Step

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - — Scott Eling­burg

A lit­tle too of­ten, Vam­pire Weekend gets crowned as kings of the melt­ing pot. The Ivy League, multi-cul­tur­ally cog­nisant band is un­afraid to dump ev­ery­thing from Auto-Tune, M.I.A. sam­ples, harp­si­chord, in a brew for the sake of a poignant hip­ster an­them.

Their influences are patched squarely on their sleeves, per­haps more than ever on Step. Culling a sam­ple from both YZ and Bread, Koenig and co. name drop Mod­est Mouse and Angkor Wat in the same tune and still man­age to dis­till it all down to a per­fect pop bliss-out.

Step shows that when Vam­pire Weekend turn it down and sub­scribe to a min­i­mal­ist phi­los­o­phy, they might be worth all the ac­co­lades.

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