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March 20, 2013  | by: Susie Bijan
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I have a Twitter for many reasons, but its safe to say that my primary interest is keeping up with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. The dude is very, very funny, and his inquisitive tweets about Chobani greek yogurt and its reigning monopoly on the country’s dairy preferences (among other topics) keep me distracted from the fact that his band hasn’t released music in awhile. Contra was released in 2010. I mean, seriously? You’re killing me Ezra! Stop tweeting about yogurt and make some music!

Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry too much, since the band recently dropped two songs from their forthcoming third studio album, Young Vampires in the City. The two songs are named “Diane Young,” and “Step,” and surprise, surprise: they’re catchy as hell. Once you press play, you’re pretty much sucked into a full-blown relationship with the replay button.

The two songs differ in tempo, with “Diane Young” possessing all the trademark pulsing energy and spirited personality the band could possibly muster, and “Step” being that chill and dearly welcome alter-ego. The Youtube stream for “Diane Young” features an animated picture of a car lit in flames, and the image pretty much sums up the experience of listening to the song in a nutshell. It’s a true rock n’ roll banger, and Koenig delivers an incredibly hot Elvis impression with his vocal delivery at one point. And if we wanna be real, I’m pretty keen to the idea of the entire album featuring him repeating “baby, baby” in that sexy drawl.

On the other hand, when I first listened to “Step,” I actually turned my head a full 180 degrees because the song’s opening melodies gave me serious Beach House vibes. But it’s a beautiful piece of work, with Koenig’s dreamy voice receding to a pleasant humming tune that complement the nostalgia-ridden – and predictably quirky – lyrics. Only Vampire Weekend could write a chorus like “I’m stronger now, I’m ready for the house / such a modest mouse.” Sigh – I really missed this. The two releases definitely show that the band still have it.

What do you think of “Diane Young” and “Step?” Young Vampires in the City is set for a May 6 release, so keep your ears open.

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