New Vampire Weekend: “Cousins”


They have a beautiful new piece of art for every single, Ezra Koenig’s voice was already weird and is getting artfully weirder, his ska ad-lib is better than Jay-Z’s, his lyrics are ever more surreal, the band’s playing three hometown shows in January that promise to relieve an unremittingly bleak month, and this new song “Cousins” sounds like the Monorchid covering Elvis Costello, which is really something to aspire to, or would have been if they hadn’t now done it already. It’s on Hypemachine and being C&Ded all over the internet as we speak; or, alternately, pay money for it. Contra is out in January but the sleigh/church bells here suggest that you’re probably hearing the whole thing before then.