New Vampire Weekend – “Cousins”

With “Horchata,” Vampire Weekend offered up an even-keeled primer to their forthcoming Contra alongside an expanded instrumental palette that featured marimba, kalimba, and an eBayed Yamaha VSS-30. For fans of Ezra’s more frantically paced guitar picking there’s the more familial and festive “Cousins”: The African instrumentation is left in favor of clanging bells and a more manic BPM, caffeinated rhythm section work and trilling guitars, yelps, more along the lines of
“California English” (which came live from California). You saw it live, now have a listen to the studio iteration.

Buy it at iTunes, get ready for these shows to be sell-outs:

12/10 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (94.7FM “A December To Remember” concert series)
12/11 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena (Live 105 “Not So Silent Night 2009″)
12/12 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena/UC San Diego (FM949 “Holiday Hootenanny”)
12/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater (KROQ “Acoustic Christmas”)
12/15 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater (KNDD The End’s “Deck The Hall Ball ’09”)
01/12 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
01/17 – New York, NY @ United Palace Theater
01/18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
01/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Radio, radio. Contra is out 1/12 via XL.

[Photo from Vampire Weekend @ Long Beach Theater 11/2/09 by Andrew Youssef]