[Just a reminder that the SOTW can now be streamed via the widget on the sidebar]
The preppy New England afro-pop aficionados Vampire Weekend dropped their sophomore album Contra a day early today. Their eponymous debut album was one of my favorite albums of 2008/2009 as well as the perfect soundtrack to my memorable Martha's Vineyard vacation with my friend Evan last summer. I featured the single Oxford Comma off that album as a previous SOTW.
Contra is a more varied offering than VW with lots to enjoy. Despite this those who thought VW was an over-hyped airy rip off of afropop will find little to like on the new disk. But if you liked VW's bright clean arrangements and deceptively simple lyrics you will find some surprising gems on Contra.
While I enjoy the evolution in their sound I'm adding the track Holiday to the SOTW playlist, a track that is most closely resembles their debut material. I picked it because when I hear this song I feel summer. Feel it. I'm back at the Vineyard with Evan driving with the windows down to the beach or the bars. I can see the sun, the sky, the ocean, the girls. I think the TWSS crew going to Miami in 3 weeks to wreck every bar and race in the area knows what I'm talking about.
The year is just starting and while the "Happy New Year" part of January is fading fast I'm still taking aim. I'm setting my sights for the middle of the summer. I'm launching myself into this year. I'm not optimistic or even particularly happy right now (I think the current banner clearly reflects this) but I can imagine a time a time in a few months when I'm fit, tan, warm and happy. Racing bikes, hangin' outside and drinking in life.
But if I wait for a Holiday
Could it stop my fear?
To go away on a summer's day
Never seemed so clear
Thanks for reading.