Song of the Day #2,299: ‘Holiday’ – Vampire Weekend

contra

Best Albums of the 10s So Far
#16 – Vampire Weekend – Contra

 
Vampire Weekend has released two excellent albums in the 10s (with more to come, I can only assume). They are the rare band that showed complete mastery of their craft from the very beginning.

Each of their three records is focused and confident, nodding (sometimes very obviously) to influences but converting them into something fresh and unique.

Following the hipster Graceland vibe of their self-titled debut, Vampire Weekend’s sophomore effort, Contra, opted for a more experimental approach. Hip-hop beats, clever samples and creative use of Auto Tune combine — but never collide — with surf rock and world music.

And front man Ezra Koenig began using his yearning tenor as an instrument in its own right.

Even more impressive, as you’ll see later in this list, the band only went up from here.

Holiday, oh, a holiday
And the best one of the year
Dozing off underneath my sheets
While I cover both my ears

But if I wait for a holiday
Could it stop my fears?
To go away on a summer’s day
Never seemed so clear

Holiday, still so far away
A republic on the beach
I can’t forget just how bad it gets
When I’m counting on my teeth

[Hook]
But if I wait for a holiday
Could it stop my fears?
To go away on a summer’s day
Never seemed so clear

A vegetarian since the invasion
She’d never seen the word “bombs”
She’d never seen the word bombs blown up to 96-point Futura
She’d never seen an AK in a yellowy Day-Glo display
A T-shirt so lovely, it turned all the history books grey

I got wheels, I got Cutter spray
And a healthy sense of worth
Half of me is the gasoline
But the other half’s the surf

[Hook]

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,299: ‘Holiday’ – Vampire Weekend

  1. Dana says:

    I personally like their debut album and their most recent release more than Contra, but this is still great stuff.

  2. Clay says:

    I agree. You’ll see the newest album later on this list.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.