Not So Silent Night 2013 Featured Artist: Vampire Weekend

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NSSN 2013 - Night One

Kings Of Leon
Vampire Weekend
Queens Of The Stone Age
AFI
Arctic Monkeys
Capital Cities


NSSN 2013 - Night Two

Arcade Fire
Phoenix
ALT-J
Lorde
Bastille
The Neighbourhood


NSSN 2012: Pictures

The Killers
Passion Pit
Tegan And Sara
M83
Imagine Dragons
Jack White
The Shins
Metric
Of Monster And Men
Two Door Cinema Club
The Gaslight Anthem


NSSN 2012: Interviews

Grouplove
Imagine Dragons
Metric
Two Door Cinema Club
The Shins
The Gaslight Anthem

(Photo: Alex John Beck)

(Photo: Alex John Beck)

About Vampire Weekend:

Ezra and Rostam, the songwriting team behind the band, worked more closely than ever on this album. Most songs began one of two ways: either with Rostam creating a piece of music that often included drums, bass, and chords and sending this to Ezra to write lyrics and melodies on top of, or with Ezra beginning the song by writing lyrics and melodies, sometimes chords as well, and the two of them sculpting the instrumental setting for the track around those.

In the summer of 2012, the two traveled to LA to collaborate with Rostam’s longtime friend, and fellow producer, Ariel Rechtshaid. They brought with them writing and recording sessions from New York and Martha’s Vineyard. The three began to stride towards realizing the finished album and were later joined by drummer Chris Tomson and bassist Chris Baio. Drums and bass were recorded to analog tape at Vox Studios. Built in the 1930’s, it’s one of the oldest privately owned studios in Los Angeles. Those parts were then reintegrated with the sessions and further manipulated to create a synthesis of sound and tone, both old and new.

The album has a grandeur and romanticism evocative of the city where it was conceived. Church organs, deep synth bass, booming drums, choirs chanting in Latin are all combined with classic Vampire Weekend joyfulness and spry humor.

MVOTC is the culmination of a trilogy.

The genesis of the song “Step” was a labyrinthine journey through American pop history: it was inspired by a lyric from 90s New Jersey rapper YZ artfully sampled by Bay Area hip-hop legends Souls of Mischief for a demo called “Step to My Girl” from the sessions from their “’93 Til Infinity” album. Their song sampled a Grover Washington Jr. cover of 70s soft-rock band Bread’s “Aubrey.” Vampire Weekend’s song marries melodies from “Aubrey” with their own harmonic and lyrical identity and rhythmic swagger.

Modern Vampires is a bustling city of voices and visions — from the death of Henry Hudson to the Orthodox girl falling in love at an uptown falafel shop, from Hannah Hunt tearing up the New York Times on a distant beach to the lethal chandelier of “Everlasting Arms”, from the ardent yearning of “Don’t Lie” to the harmonized voice of hope in “Young Lion”.


Vampire Weekend Around The Web:

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