Video: Vampire Weekend: "A-Punk"
"Mansard Roof" was the first track from Vampire Weekend's forthcoming debut to get a video, and in it they had some fun with their packaged image as clever Ivy League grads by embracing it completely. To my mind, though, "Mansard Roof", while solid, isn't one of the stronger songs on Vampire Weekend. "A-Punk" is up there, however, with its spunky drive, pogo-inducing rhythm, and subtle but hugely effective sonic accents. And the video, by the Hammer & Tongs duo (they helmed clips by Blur and Supergrass, and they directed the 2005 film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), is way better too. Echoing the song's spiky energy, it consists of entertaining performance footage that finds the band processed into stop-motion figures that never miss an upstroke beat. (via Subterranean)
[from Vampire Weekend; due 01/29/08 on XL]