Vampire Weekend, Savages, Noah And The Whale and more in our tracks of the week
Vampire Weekend – ‘Diane Young’
According to Google, Diane Young is either a gynecologist in Cleveland, Ohio or a beauty salon in New York City. As Ezra Koening howls “[i]Nobody knows what the future holds, it’s bad enough just getting old[/i]” at the climax of this brilliant sub three-minute blast, I’m going with the last one. It wouldn’t be surprising if Vampire Weekend were wrestling with those feelings, anyway. Six years have passed since 2007’s ‘Mansard Roof’ EP and doing the college rock thing wouldn’t be quite so convincing now they’re into their late twenties. But they needn’t worry, because their third record ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ doesn’t sound like a tired band in need of a $65 ‘Miracle Younger’ cream. Vampire Weekend have got more energy, more ideas and just as many ‘A-Punk’ style hooks, and it’ll only take two listens to have you singing “[i]Diiiaaane Young[/i]”. There’s a stuttery ‘Faith’ style breakdown – heavenly for anyone who’d care to imagine Ezra hip-shaking like 1980s George Michael – while Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio add surprising effects, drums that drive and a weird jagged solo. Obviously, this song might not be about ageing at all, even it does sound suspiciously like “[i]dyin young[/i]”. It may be about one of their cool mates named Diane and my own quarter life crisis is just getting in the way. If that’s the case, guys, I’m sorry.
Siân Rowe, Assistant Reviews Editor
The Knife – ‘A Tooth For An Eye’
“[i]I’m telling you stories, trust me[/i]!” howls Karin Dreijer Andersson in the grip of a rhythm that sounds as if it’s being violently pulled off course. This is a mesmeric, grisly six-minute soundtrack to the sort of bloody rituals its title suggests so don’t be shy, give the nice lady your attention.
Emily Mackay, writer
Savages – ‘She Will’
“[i]She will, she will! SHE WILL[/i]!!” barks Jehnny Beth on this new one from debut album ‘Silence Yourself’. In typical Savages fashion it climaxes via thrilling riffs, motorik drumming and crumbling basslines, leaving nothing but eerie space and one final screech in its wake. What will ‘she’ do exactly? Shriek by the sound of it.
Eve Barlow, Deputy Editor
Azealia Banks – ‘Yung Rapunxel’
LMFAOOOOOOOO It’s @AZEALIABANKS, kamikaze-rapper-turned-Twitter-avatar and obscenity-spewing brawler. If you thought her social media updates were punchy, wait ‘til you hear her screaming like someone who’s just trodden on a bit of Lego over these HI-NRG beats. Weirdness like this means never having to do anything as passé as releasing an album.
Kevin EG Perry, Assistant Editor, NME.COM
Mount Kimbie – ‘Made To Stray’
Post-whatever duo Mount Kimbie return with the first taste of every SoundCloud-addicts most eagerly anticipated album of the year. ‘Made To Stray’ is a more urgent, beat driven moment from the usual Mount Kimbie style and explodes into life in its latter half, adding anthemic vocals to the relentless bed of sound.
David Renshaw, News Reporter
Noah And The Whale – ‘There Will Come A Time’
New album ‘Heart Of Nowhere’ was recorded live with minimal jiggery-pokery, but you’d never know. ‘There Will Come A Time’ is pristine – the kind of shiny new wave that’d soundtrack an ’80s Brat Pack movie, and a belting chorus with a sliver of regret at its core.
Matthew Horton, writer
Fryars – ‘On Your Own’
His drooping falsetto might sound doleful but Fryars isn’t all about the sadness. Here he manages to turn the aching loneliness into something that almost passes as triumphant, even when he’s singing about making “a beeline straight to hell”. It’s a stoic kind-of anthem for the shy and solitary.
Rhian Daly, writer
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats – ‘Follow The Leader’
As you’d expect from a band who’ve named themselves after a psychedelic drug, love Black Sabbath and dig the occult, ‘Follow The Leader’ is pretty trippy. Kind of like weird-era Beatles played on rusty instruments. Kind of like the noise Ozzy Osbourne hears every night when he’s trying to forget all the dark things. Kind of brilliant.
Tom Howard, Reviews Editor
James Skelly And The Intenders – ‘Do It Again’
It’s easy to forget, sometimes, that former The Coral frontman James Skelly has got one of the most powerful modern blue-eyed soul voices in the game. Maybe it’ll be less easy to forget now he’s cranking up a solo career with an album due in June and this brassy stomp as his calling card.
Jamie Fullerton, Features Editor
Earl Sweatshirt – ‘Whoa’
Since they first screamed ‘Free Earl!!!’ it’s been popular opinion that when he properly gets down to it, Earl Sweatshirt will make some of the best Odd Future music. ‘Whoa’, opening with the statement it’s definitely “[i]none of that 2010 shit[/i]” delivers on that promise, his nonchalant style (and touches of starry keys) a perfect compliment to Tyler’s gravelly guest spot.
Emelie Joy, writer