SINGLE REVIEW: Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall / 2021

Double sided singles seem to be the way to go recently as fans want more in a single saturated market and artists want to share more. After a six year wait it’s by no surprise that Vampire Weekend fans are already a little eager for new music so the idea of two new singles was quickly embraced. ‘Harmony Hall’ is exactly how you remember Vampire Weekend to be at their strongest. Full of groovy indie-rock vibes the song immediately captures your attention and transports you to a grassy hill at a music festival. Reflecting on the changes of impressions over time they take a political route with the current state of the world. “And the stone walls of Harmony Hall bear witness. Anybody with a worried mind could never forgive the sight of wicked snakes inside a place you thought was dignified. I don’t wanna live like this, but I don’t wanna die”. It has a very important message which is perfectly shadowed with a groovy indie-rock production that is very them. Whereas ‘2021’ is a short and experimental track that compliments the more abstract side of their material. It may not be as impacting but it’s enjoyable in it’s own unique way. However ‘Harmony Hall’ is the clear standout and a song that will reintroduce them well.