New Vampire Weekend – “Ottoman” (Stereogum Premiere)

As mentioned in a surprisingly heated discussion on this site last month, the folks behind teenage music geek rom-com Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist have tapped the indie rock zeitgeist in a big way. Bishop Allen, Devendra Banhart, and Project Jenny Project Jan cameo in the film alongside Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, and the soundtrack includes Band of Horses, Takka Takka, and a new song from Vampire Weekend, which we have for you to hear. This summer we wondered if the band’s well-received Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty covers hinted that they might be embracing an eighties AOR aesthetic. This is not the case. “Ottoman”‘s staccato riffs, cascading strings, and harpsichord flourishes will sound familiar to anyone who has heard the boys’ debut album (i.e., everyone reading these words). The track was produced by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, a man who knows a thing or 99 about soundtracking. (UPDATE: Mark Mothersbaugh did not produce this song, but he scored the film.) Curiously, “Ottoman” repurposes the “feels so unnatural/ Peter Gabriel too” line from their last single, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.” I think Ezra’s having a laugh, but maybe he just loves the lyric (he wouldn’t be the only one).

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist Soundtrack is out tomorrow. If you pre-order it here, it comes with a girly tee that will make sense after you see the movie.

TRACKLIST
1. Chris Bell – “Speed of Sound”
2. Devendra Banhart – “Lover”
3. Bishop Allen – “Middle Management”
4. Vampire Weekend – “Ottoman”
5. The Dead 60s – “Riot Radio”
6. Takka Takka – “Fever”
7. The Submarines – “Xavia”
8. We Are Scientists – “After Hours”
9. Band Of Horses – “Our Swords”
10. Army Navy – “Silvery Sleds”
11. Richard Hawley – “Baby You’re My Light”
12. Shout Out Louds – “Very Loud”
13. Paul Tiernan – “How To Say Goodbye”
14. The Real Tuesday Weld – “Last Words”
15. Mark Mothersbaugh – “Nick & Norah’s Theme”

You can watch a trailer for the movie at Kat Dennings’ blog.