USA, 2013, indie pop

Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City: Fuck it. What you do doesn’t matter. Besides, ain’t nobody gonna give you no prize. So why get out of bed? Why shave for people who don’t care if you live or die? Oh, and dying young ain’t going to change anything, especially when you’re boldly inviting Hell. This is a very young, very American album, with all its brash defiance and infectious beauty. It’s also a somewhat Jewish meditation on the role of religion, even touching most famously on the name God gives Himself when speaking to Moses at the burning bush. Couple that with a further meditation on the pain of unrequited love, and you have a perfect art pop song with all its silly faerie voices.

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