Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio announced in April that he will release his debut LP, The Names, this coming fall. We already heard the record’s first blustery pop single, “Brainwash yyrr Face,” and today, Baio has offered up a new taste of The Names. “Sister Of Pearl” is a buoyant indie-pop experiment that sounds a lot closer to Vampire Weekend’s initial work than anything Baio has released so far. It’s not derivative, but there are certain parallels to draw between the unorthodox choice of instrumentation and hydraulic hook that propels the song into a part of your brain that won’t let you forget it anytime soon. Baio told Pitchfork that “Sister Of Pearl” was written as “a Bowie and Ferry-referencing throwback pop song with a simple, straight-forward lyrical message: be who you want to be.” Listen below.
The Names is out 9/18 via Glassnote.