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New Vampire Weekend Clip: “Cousins”


Vampire Weekend’s new video is out, and guess what? It sounds like Vampire Weekend. And by that, we mean the Vampire Weekend that landed them on the cover of SPIN as one of the hottest bands of 2008.

“Cousins” re-establishes VW’s signature afro-punk sound, featuring syncopated rhythms, power-packed drum-rolls, and descending dual guitar solos in the elliptical tale of family lineage, (“Dad was a risk-taker/ His was a shoemaker/ You, greatest hits, 2006, little list-maker”).

Oh, and there are some plaid shirts and fancy fancy video work involved, too.

The Ivy League grads will release the tune on a 7″ December 15, followed by their highly anticipated sophomore album, Contra, due out January 12.

This is the second song we’ve heard from new record. What do you think — is it better than “Horchata?”

WATCH: Vampire Weekend, “Cousins”