Listen up, it’s Vampire Weekend: STEP
Vampire Weekend released their latest album Modern Vampires of the City in May and it’s in one breath, amazing. Vampire Weekend formed in New York at Columbia University. Their intellect allows for puzzle like lyrics and their unlikely rise to fame sincere modesty.
“Step” received its chorus from a web of sampling. Vampire Weekend took the lyric line, “Every time I see you in the world you always step to my girl” from a song by Souls of Mischief who sampled the line from rapper YZ. The creativity and intoxicating musicality that has been poured into this song is apparent.
Haunting charm appeals to the visual listener. Listen to it 15 times in a row and it will still provide new interpretations, sounds, imagery, and an elusive beauty. The lyrics just place pieces of a film strip in your mind, “While home in New York was Champagne and disco.” It creates a grandiose sense of a constant party. Then the bridge offers a third party view of premature aging. “Everyone’s dying, but girl you’re not old yet.” While the end of the song hums like a church choir and leaves you with a sweet taste in your mind.
The entire album is to die for but Step is the first song you should bite into.
I woke up from from a vodka induced coma at 3 in the afternoon and every word to this song was playing through my mind. I think my subconscious is trying to tell me something when I listen to the lyrics, “This may never start tearing out my heart…lost all sense of fear/feelings disappear.” My jam from 8th grade has resurfaced and I have brought here for you.