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Vampire Weekend

“Horchata” MP3

Oct 05, 2009

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We already pointed you towards Vampire Weekend's great Contra opener, "Horchata." Just as fall's cold winds begin creeping under your door VW's sprite percussion on this preview cut acts like a warm blanket. Rostam Batmanglij's production is through the roof here. The single is available now as a free download on the Contra site, and if you grab it there (by signing up for a newsletter) you get a PDF booklet/lyrics sheet.

The clattering track starts with frontman Ezra Koenig singing, "In December drinking horchata / I look psychotic in a balaclava." Strings and backup vocals eventually swirl up to meet his voice. Contra is out January 12th on XL. Go here for tour dates.