Indie darlings Vampire Weekend hit the ground running on their debut eponymous album in 2007 and took the music world by storm. Since then, they have continued to expand their reach, but as they advance in their careers they are no longer spring chickens. A more mature band emerges on their third album Modern Vampires Of The City.
Their first single, the upbeat “Diane Young”, displays a much more reflective mood. The song title, meant to sound like “dying young”, explores the feeling of being young and how you cannot fear death. Complex rhythms continue to drive their music on tracks like “Unbelievers”, but their simple instrumentation adds a new aspect. For much of “Everlasting Arms” no more than three instruments are used at one time, yet the song still includes a complex element.
Every darling needs to grow up one day. Some never live up to their early success by sticking with their formula. In this case, Vampire Weekend continue to evolve their approach and should look forward to a long existence.