Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt” (Song of the Week 5/13/2014)

packshotVampire Weekend is honestly one of the most amazing, original, innovative, and creative bands I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I’ve been a fan of them since the very beginning, and I am constantly amazed and lost for words by how talented they are. It’s still crazy to me how all three of their albums have a distinct personality: Vampire Weekend was bright and poppy, Contra was soft and mysterious, and now, Modern Vampires of the City is dark and luxurious. It’s the most perfect little evolution that shows off both the music’s stylistic development as well as the band’s maturity, something that comes along with growing older. Their new album Modern Vampires of the City was an incredibly impressive album that I played on repeat over and over again, and the one that I just had to buy on vinyl as well. The most exhilarating thing is to listen to one of your favorite songs on vinyl because it’s truly an experience. It feels more genuine and sincere when you listen as you watch the innocent record spin, and it feels as if the weight of the world has just been lifted off of your shoulders. I felt this first hand when I heard “Hannah Hunt” on vinyl. It’s a song unlike any other, and it’s slowly become one of my absolute favorites. It’s evocative, romantic, dark, and powerful all at once. The lyrics, written by front man Ezra Koenig, are brilliant, and the way he sings them is pure magic. The best part of the song is the dynamic, gorgeous section that starts right around the 2:40 mark. The passion and beauty in Ezra Koenig’s voice mixed with the sentimental piano and guitar melodies make “Hannah Hunt” a song that is truly a force to be reckoned with. “Hannah Hunt” is from Vampire Weekend’s third studio album Modern Vampires of the City, which was released in 2013.




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