We were fully expecting Contra, Vampire Weekend’s upcoming new album, to be full of tracks like first single “Horchata,” which is a song that can most accurately be described as sounding like Vampire Weekend. But “Cousins” — which the band has been playing live for a while and is now available for purchase in studio form — shows us the guys are trying to expand their purview. The vibe leans toward the raucous. Most notable is the breakneck speed at which, with a ska-riffic guitar line and singer Ezra Koenig barreling into a stomping chorus, things go from cutesy to rocking. Also, we’re pretty positive Koenig is using the word “cousins” the way Snoop Dogg uses the word “cousins.”
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