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Watch: Dams of the West (Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson) - “Tell the Truth” Video

Youngish American Due Out February 24, 2017 via 30th Century/Columbia

Dec 02, 2016 Dams of the West
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Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson is releasing a solo album under the name Dams of the West. His debut album under that moniker is entitled Youngish American and is due out February 24, 2017 via 30th Century Records/Columbia. The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney co-produced the album with Tomson and Roger Moutenot. Previously we were treated to the album’s first single, “Death Wish.” Now he has shared a video for “Tell the Truth,” which has a political bent and tackles conspiracy theories. Watch it below.

Tomson had this to say about the song in a press release: “‘Tell the Truth,’ to me, is a song about objectivity and/or the ‘blame America first’ phenomenon. When I wrote the song, I believed that facts, at some future endpoint, would conquer all. But then last week the guy at my bodega told me we are now ‘living in a post-truth world’ while looking at his Samsung Galaxy Stardust 8GB and selling me a sleeve of honey roasted peanuts so perhaps I was mistaken. Either way, the tune’s got a good beat and you can skank to it. This video was inspired by the oppressive sense of paranoia that has come to define 2k16 for me. I am fascinated by the way the most trivial bits of footage can be used as definitive proof that, say, a certain televangelist is a shape-shifting reptilian overlord or Hillary def has a malignant brain tumor. While I’m not yet a political figure, I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to see what a closer examination of my own actions might reveal. The results, as you can see, are provocative yet not entirely unexpected.”


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