ALBUM REVIEW: Vampire Weekend – Only God Was Above Us | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 05.04.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

LP number five from the iconic indie outfit will surely be a shock to the system for those craving another collection of sun-soaked splendour in the vein of 2019’s Father of the Bride.

There are brief traces of the classic Vampire Weekend sound here, but Only God Was Above Us finds Ezra and co. in satisfyingly unorthodox territory. Abstract song structures and recording techniques are deployed in the service of a record that proves they’re far from ready to rest on their laurels, with songs frequently detouring into avant-garde free jazz sonic collages. In the age of instant gratification, it is satisfying to see a top-tier indie band craft an LP that requires some patience to fully appreciate.

 

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