vwA couple weeks ago the IF tuned you into new singles from Vampire Weekend and Animal Collective. Today, we offer both sounds wrapped into one Rostam Batmanglij electronic/synth experiment. “California English Pt. 2,” the B-side to “Cousins,” the second release from Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album Contra, loops a four second synth/percussion base behind Ezra Koenig’s soothing lyrics. If you’re expecting this to be a preview of the album’s sound, the track is probably more of a red herring (though it may tip-off Contra‘s  “California English”). The first two singles have suggested that VW’s plans on heeding close to the world pop style that made their eponymous debut so successful.

Cousins will officially be released on December 15th. Expect Contra on January 12th.


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