Following up on our post for “Cousins” The Song, here’s “Cousins” the video: The single art’s shot of the boys in a long alley doused in confetti fit the song’s manically festive, church-belled punk racer, but is pretty much a direct still from the Garth Jennings-direct clip itself, which has the kids trade spaces on a moving platform and at the fringes, on ladders and wearing masks of each other. It’s quick, quirky, and unpredictable but not without a sense of humor about itself, so pretty much perfect for a band of Ivy Leaguers who aren’t above self-satirizing their prepped up ways. Also, love the colored-tape art by (or inspired by) Brooklyn’s Aakash Nihalani. (UPDATE: Nope, not by Aakash. Interesting.)

Contra is out 1/12 via XL. And according to a tip from We All Want Someone, the Japanese version of the LP will feature two bonus tracks in “Ottoman” (also featured on the Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist soundtrack) and “Little Giant,” which has been in the band’s live rep for awhile. To refresh yourself, it sounds like this:

Comments (39)
  1. simply love it!!!!
    i cant stop watching it again and again!!!

  2. sophomore slump?  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2009 0

    this song is terrible.

  3. nah  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2009 0

    Yeah it certainly is terrible. As long as we both agree that terrible means “beyond infectiously awesome”. Terrible indeed.

  4. Doug Yule  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2009 0

    This is really the first one that has followed me around whether I wanted it to or not(nice new newyorker cover)…a big dissappointment actually(the video)…It had major comic potential…(crazy cast of characters dancing in supermarket isles…

  5. It’s not great but it’s not bad. The guitar refrain is pretty catchy though.

  6. jeff  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2009 0

    I also like this song. It’s also hugely different from ‘Horchata’ which is promising for the rest of the album so I’m still keeping my hopes up for Contra…

  7. this tape art was definitely NOT done by aakash nihalani. Vampire Weekend totally ripped him off (poorly) without consent or compensation. how’s that for supporting the arts?

  8. um… pretty awesome. i mean awful.
    don’t like this band.
    i like paul simon.

  9. alex  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2009 0

    bad song
    cool video

  10. David  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2009 0

    What a rip off, dont buy their music, boycott, they shouldn’t steal an artists ideas like that and be able to get away with it!

  11. These new songs really suck.

  12. JF  |   Posted on Nov 19th, 2009 0

    Video needs more confetti.

  13. Not really liking this song at all

  14. I like it. It sounds enough like their old stuff that I’m not disappointed, and it sounds different enough that I’m not bored.
    Wait they ripped off some obscure visual artist?!?!
    Nvrmnd i h8 tihs song.

  15. Cecil P.  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2009 0

    What conventional sounds like in late 2009.

  16. FB  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2009 0

    Same old shit from this band. Where’s the progression?

  17. Rivers23  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2009 0

    What’s going on here?? Are we listening to the same track? This stuff is incredible, and who cares if they borrow some small aspect of aakash nihalani’s art, who isnt lifting ideas in 2009? You guys are on the wrong page or something…

  18. the music isn’t for everyone.

    i actually like it a lot compared to their previous stuff (which fyi sounds completely different). And the video is undeniably pretty cool. simple and strange. and sweet.

  19. Scratchitti  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2009 0

    Didn’t Aakash Nihalani rip off Sam Bassett?

    Or is it the other way around?

    Does it matter?

    With all due respect its tape graffiti UNSIGNED put up around cites and just because Nihalani or Bassett put it up in a gallery in Brooklyn last year doesn’t mean they invented it.

  20. Griffin  |   Posted on Nov 21st, 2009 0

    “A-Punk” may have been the debut’s signifier, but it was also its low point. That may be subject to debate, but I think it’s pretty clear that this is what that song should have been. The rare, better than the original sequel. Toy Story 2.

  21. I kept waiting for the hook, but it never came. What’s the point of Vampire Weekend without the hooks?

    Horchata is much better.

  22. Ahab  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2009 0

    Wait, because they used the same medium and style, they are ripping him off? Looks to me like he’s ripping the city off by using other people’s real estate

  23. Patty O'Mally  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2009 0

    Just because they ripped another artist off doesn’t mean it doesn’t sound good…..so, if you don’t want to support them with your money just steal their music like everyone else :D

  24. Matt  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2009 0

    i like watching this

  25. Decent song. Awesome video. Enough said.

  26. you’re all so cool…in case you forgot. i mean talk about integrity.

  27. So over Vampire Weekend…Will they be performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on their pushcart?

  28. Christopher  |   Posted on Nov 24th, 2009 0

    Fantastic! Didn’t know bands made videos anymore, much less ones as cool as this. Great song as well. VW!

  29. Jammer  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    this song, video, and band are awesome. can’t wait for the new album
    disliking this band on principle that they are somehow ripping someone off or are “inauthentic” is very very tired and irrational.

  30. I would never go see this band. However, the video and song here
    are totally totally, you know, right there.

  31. Horacio   |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    I just realized the vampire wkd drummer is wearing a chivas de guadalajara jersey! Im of mexican origin and wearing that jersey is like wearing a white sox jersey! I cant believe it!

  32. Ado  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2009 0

    Majority of people on this website are stuck up hipsters who really believe their music is AMAZING while every newer music is awful. This song is catchy, its poppy, its good for Vampire Weekend. Commenting that you think its awful compared to your favorite indie artist who no one’s ever heard of doesn’t contribute to anything.

  33. maya  |   Posted on Dec 16th, 2009 0

    i love this song. i love this band, and this video.
    and thats just my opinion

  34. kailee  |   Posted on Jan 26th, 2010 0

    dylan knockoff or homage?

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