Announced in their inimitable style with a classified ad in the New York Times, Vampire Weekend’s third album Modern Vampires Of The City, ends 2013 as the year’s most critically-aclaimed album. In late March the band unleashed two brand new songs, the frenetic Diane Young and the stately Step, revealing two layers of a record that has many more.
In the build up to the release of MVOTC in May, the band enlisted the talents of director and actor Steve Buscemi, who directed a special livestream of their show at Roseland Ballroom. Along the way they encountered an increasingly strange cast, including Fred Armisen, Grimes and future mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio. The official video for Diane Young featured another interesting cast, directed by the mysterious Primo Khan, it starred the band and many of their Brooklyn acolytes- from Sky Ferreria to Dirty Projectors - in a kind of bizarro last supper. Ezra even popped up on Lena Dunham’s Girls. The celebratory lyric video for Ya Hey involved togas, champagne and the New York skyline.
Like it’s predecessor Contra, MVOTC entered the US Billboard album charts at number one. The band were named Best Act In The World Today by Q magazine and MVOTC has been nominated for Best Alternative Album at the Grammys, and was named number one album of 2013 by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and a host of others.
“The perfect tone is halfway between deeply serious and totally fucking around” Ezra Koenig