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Monday, 22 February 2010

Track of the Week 2010: #8

Vampire Weekend – 'Giving Up The Gun'

I've not really made any secret about the fact that I've been enjoying Contra quite a lot. It's just really darn listenable isn't it. Similarly I've not made any secret whatsoever about the catchy brilliance of 'Giving Up The Gun'. Next to it, 'Cousins' seems like the most impenetrable and forgettable pop track going, which of course it isn't. Out of any song so far this calender year I've found myself singing or humming the brilliant chorus of 'Giving Up The Gun' to myself the most.

This week the video for the song's been aired, confirming what I already expected in that it would become the second (or third if you're counting 'Horchata') single from the band's second album. The R&B beat and wobbly synths gradually giving way to the echoey afro-pop influenced guitar part that's fast become Vampire Weekend's sonic trademark.

On top of this I just want to go on the record as being a fan of the lyrics. One of the factors that made me enjoy the group's debut album so much was the cultural niche-ness of the subject matter and the intelligence to which they approached it with. According to an interview in this week's NME 'Giving Up The Gun' is about Japan's surrendering of their projectile weaponry in favour of the traditional sword. Either way, the line “My ears are blown to bits from all the rifle hits / but still I crave that sound” and the imagery it conjurers in line with Vampire Weekend's global aesthetic is one that seems likely to be reverberating around my head for at leas the rest of the year.

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