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Check Out: New Vampire Weekend – “Jonathan Low”

on May 27, 2010, 12:38pm

So remember when those rich colonists, aka Vampire Weekend, promised that more new material would be out by year’s end? And then said we’d be getting it in “other ways”? I’m guessing this is one of the things they were talking about.

“Jonathan Low” is the New York outfit’s contribution to the soundtrack for the next installment in the Twilight movie series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The band describes the track as a curve ball of sorts, a stark contrast from some of its other more recent material.

“It’s called ‘Jonathan Low’, and we recorded it I guess towards the end of last year. It’s kind of amazing that we actually found the time to do it. It was like the craziest time for us, [because] we were working to get Contra out, and then we also just threw another song on,” explained the band in a recent interview with Triple J. “It’s pretty different than anything we’ve done before, and I guess we kinda looked at it as… you know, being that it’s going to be on a soundtrack to a movie, why not try something slightly different? So there’s this cool twelve-string guitar part that Rostam’s playing, and I think, yeah, it might surprise people a little bit.”

“Jonathan Low”, in all its surprising, 12-string, Vampy-related goodness, premiered yesterday by way of Zane Lowe and the band on BBC Radio 1. You can listen to the full segment here (though you’ll need a UK IP address.). An isolated stream of just the song can be found below.

Then, if you like what you hear, pick up the song along with the rest of the Eclipse soundtrack (Muse clunker included) when it is released on June 8th.

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