Key Tracks: Vampire Weekend

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Vampire Weekend.




  • Song: "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"

  • Album: Vampire Weekend
  • Year: 2008
  • Comment: Vocalist and songwriter Ezra Koenig said the song was inspired by the intersection between colonialism and African culture. "Kwassa kwassa" is a rhythmic style from Congo.



  • Song: "Holiday"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: The album Contra derives its title from two very different sources: the rebel groups of Nicaragua and the Contra video game.



  • Song: "Giving Up the Gun"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: The "Giving Up the Gun" video features several significant performers: the Wu Tang Clan's RZA, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, and Lil Jon. Star Jenny Murray also appears as the goth girl in the video for "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa."



  • Song: "Unbelievers"

  • Album: Modern Vampires of the City
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: "Unbelievers" and the rest of the Modern Vampires album was co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, known for his work with Solange, HAIM, Sky Ferreria, Madonna, and others.



  • Song: "Horchata"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: "Horchata" refers to several types of drink of the same name. They can be made with almonds, rice, barley, sesame seeds, tigernuts, or melon seeds.



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