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Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

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Vampire Weekend

Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

Vampire Weekend has referred to Modern Vampires of the City as the final installment in a trilogy of LPs. You can trace the progression in "Everlasting Arms" and "Finger Back," which introduce a few wrinkles to the band's steam-pressed Afro-pop. Yet the New Yorkers' third album also sounds a lifetime removed from its 2008 postcollegiate debut, working, as its cover suggests, on more of a grayscale to offset its typical summer colors. There's "Hudson," which moves in the shadows of ghost-choir synths and marching line drums, while Rostam Batmanglij continues to push his arrangements into ever more adventurous territory (Celtic pipes on "Unbelievers," the harpsichord half-rap "Step"). A sense of finality comes from Ezra Koenig's contemplation of dying young, or "Diane Young," which recalls a blown-out version of Buddy Holly's NYC apartment tapes. "I want to know – does it bother you? The low click of a ticking clock," he asks in "Don't Lie." If Modern Vampires of the City makes one thing clear, it's that Vampire Weekend's just getting started here. (6pm, AMD stage)

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