Vampire Weekend: Diane Young

Posted June 24, 2013 by in



3.5/ 5


Cast: , , , , , ,
Genre: Indie rock
Producer: Daniel Navetta
Director: Primo Kahn
Time: 2:44


Deadpan comedy done by Vampire Weekend; a brief laugh or two surrounds the Last Supper spoof


A bit boring at times, even if it's stuff with enough mysteries to make a game of Clue seem pointless

The guest-friendly “Diane Young” video seems like a bar mitzvah staged at The Last Supper

by J Matthew Cobb
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The guest-friendly “Diane Young” video seems like a bar mitzvah staged at The Last Supper

Vampire Weekend‘s quirky, geeky Ivy League style works for them. But it’s also part of their setback. They aren’t homely looking individuals, but their style isn’t the kind that causes pandemonium outbreaks with screaming chicks. Notice the omission of their presence on their front album covers. But “Diane Young,” the perky Elvis-meets-alt-rock jam off of Modern Vampires of the City,  surely warrants a music video containing their presence. Continuing in their tradition of letting the camera run and allowing their indie art style to carry the torch, the concept video of “Diane Young” entertains, even when it doesn’t want to. Their gloomy faces of the foursome give off the idea that they aren’t that enthused with applying their art to the medium, but director Primo Kahn brings life to the lyrics by adding in a cross-cultural Last Supper scene. The scene changes back and forth from celebratory mode to a more sobering act throughout the 3-minute presentation, while lead singer Ezra Koenig acts as the Holy Spirit to the person seating in the center, someone dressed up like a perturbed bank robber.

There’s lots of things that keeps the video on the engaging side. Indie rock buddies are the guests at the feast, which include Santigold, Sky Ferreira, the cast of Chromeo, Dirty Projector’s Dave Longstreth, Hamilton Leithauser (of Walkmen) and Despot. A masked bandmate plays with a “D.Y.” bling-studded cell phone while the others folly with their reckless fun. And in the driest scenes, their boredom becomes the video’s ultimate showcase of deadpan comedy. Not sure if the joke translates well with their fans or with new audiences, but they sure can get a jolt of life when the snapshots of a cannabis-loaded sax makes the conventional hookah look so uncool.

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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