With just a week and change until their anticipated third LP, “Modern Vampires of the City” hits shelves, Vampire Weekend has released another new song.
Like “Step” and “Diane Young” before it, the “Ya Hey” lyric video has the feel of a multimedia art installation. Behind the lyric crawl, we see a scarcely moving camera fix in tight on robed folks and the band themselves shaking champagne on a New York skyscraper.
That image combined with the fact that the song title is an inversion of everyone’s favorite Outkast rump shaker, you’d think “Ya Hey” would be an ecstatic pop song. Far from it. Still, it’s a groovy, lyrically layered five minutes, with a dose of Paul Simon in the mix. Definitely worth the watch and read.
Listen to the new Vampire Weekend song ,”Ya Hey” below.
Dylan Owens is Reverb’s indie and bluegrass blogger. You can read more from him in Relix magazine and the comment sections of WORLDSTARHIPHOP.