Video of the Moment #2011: Baio

By on Wednesday, 10th February 2016 at 6:00 pm

Things have definitely gotten…interesting in the Vampire Weekend camp as of late. Two weeks ago, founding member Rostam Batmanglij announced he was leaving the band, but he left the door open to future collaborations with his former bandmates, or at least one of them: “[Vampire Weekend frontman] Ezra [Koenig] and I will continue to collaborate on future projects and future VW”. Three days after the announcement, he revealed the track ‘Wood’. (The remaining band members – Koenig, drummer Chris Tomson and lead guitarist Chris Baio took to the Midwest last month to stump for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, where they sung ‘This Land is Your Land’ with the presidential candidate.)

But this all is nothing new to Vampire Weekend’s lead guitarist Baio, who released his solo debut album ‘The Names’ last September. If his Facebook is to be believed, he’s left New York for London, and perhaps this may give us a clue on dance pop direction. Or so I’m guessing, anyway. While there’s definitely still a feeling of Vampire Weekend – see ‘Contra’ track ‘White Sky’, for one – the song is much more dancier than the NYC band went in for 2013’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, which seems to suggest Baio wasn’t ready to give up the dance groove and African rhythms just yet.

I was actually more amused by this video for album title track ‘The Names’ than I expected, with Baio and a skull hamming it up. I thought their unconventional “date” would be appropriate ahead of Valentine’s Day. Watch it below. ‘The Names’ the album is out now on Glassnote Records.


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