Vampire Weekend’s entire Steve Buscemi-directed Roseland show is still streaming, but here’s the straight dope: Two previously unperformed Modern Vampires Of The City songs, culled from Buscemi’s larger work. First there’s “Obvious Bicycle,” pretty, plaintive, and piano-based (operative word: “Listeeeen”). This is where you go to get Ezra in earnest mode while singing to a harmonious choral backing track, and to find Rostam deep in acrobatically arpeggiated backing vocal. Then there’s “Everlasting Arms,” more classically VW in its understated jaunt, built on a woozy organ and so many arrangement shifts to disorienting and ingratiating effect. (Operative phrase: “Leave me to myself”). This is where you’ll find a Baio breakdown, a string arrangement, and more structural turns than most any three-minute pop song going. For what it’s worth, at the end of “Obvious Bicycle” Rostam tells Roseland “That’s one of my favorite Vampire Weekend songs.” See if you agree:
Modern Vampires Of The City is out 5/14 via XL. Watch the band’s full Buscemi-directed Roseland show here. Vampire Weekend just announced a headlining date at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center on 9/20, tix on sale Saturday 5/4 at 10AM via ticketmaster.com and barclayscenter.com. Also on 5/4, the band will do SNL, playing music guest to Kristin Wiig’s host. Busy dudes.