Vampire Weekend and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke linked by ‘Horchata’

Ezra Koenig reveals unexpected link between free download and singer's solo band

Vampire Weekend‘s brand new track features a member of Thom Yorke‘s solo band, the New Yorkers have revealed.

Last night (October 5) Vampire Weekend made ‘Horchata’, the opening track from their forthcoming album ‘Contra’, available as a free download.

Speaking to NME.COM, frontman Ezra Koenig revealed the track’s unexpected connection to Thom Yorke’s new solo band, who made their live debut in Los Angeles over the weekend (October 2-5).

“The percussionist who plays a bunch of stuff on ‘Horchata’ is a Brazilian guy named Mauro Refosco,” he explained. “We just heard he’s joined Thom Yorke‘s band. He’s an amazing percussionist. He’s been in David Byrne‘s band too.”

The singer also explained what Horchata is for a European audience.

“It’s always been one of my favourite drinks.” he declared. “I don’t know if you can find much Horchata in England, it’s a sweet Mexican rice drink, usually served cold.”

For the full interview with Vampire Weekend on ‘Horchata’, the new album and the band’s live plans, get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands tomorrow (October 7).

‘Contra’ is released on January 11 next year.