This Is Our Jam: St. Vincent, Ceo, & Vampire Weekend Does Italian

TIOJ_bodClockwise, Above From Left. Photo: Courtesy of Republic Records; XL Recordings; Modular Recordings; Secretly Canadian.
The time between the holidays and New Year's Eve is a musical dead zone, what with most people away from their computers doing unthinkable things like (gasp!) hanging with their families and friends. Thankfully, all that nonsense is over now, and we can finally get back to bringing you the week's best new music. For this installment, we've got fresh tunes from St. Vincent, Swedish pop maestro ceo, Vampire Weekend, and more. Enjoy!
Though Eric Berglund has a history of making boisterous, Balearic-inspired pop music, "WONDERLAND" may be his most purely joyous track yet. With a lively rhythm that recalls a bouncy house on acid, the song's sugary beats are dangerously delicious.
St. Vincent
"Digital Witness"
St. Vincent continues to roll out tastes of her new, self-titled album, and "Digital Witness" is the latest. With a funky, brass-funk stomp and slick, disco chorus, it's more perfect pop from the ever-evolving songstress.
Vampire Weekend
"Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partirò)"
Leave it to Vampire Weekend to cover a timeless Italian love song and make it sound new again. The NYC indie rockers re-interpret the track with a reggae-leaning beat but leave the gorgeous melody intact. Perhaps most surprising is Ezra's Italian, which — though we're no experts — sounds more than passable.
You Blew It!
"House Address"
Whether or not you think talk of an #emorevival is completely silly (it probably is), You Blew It! has enough chops and pathos to make us consider turning in our round tortoiseshells for some matte-black Cuomos. "House Address" is an emotional ride that makes us want to break out our old Saves The Day records.
Tomas Barfod
"Pulsing (feat. Nina K.)"
Tomas Barfod has a preternatural ability for constructing light-as-air pop. (2012's Salton Sea was a favorite record of that year.) "Pulsing," featuring Swedish singer Nina Kinert, who also helped on "November Skies," proves that he's still got it.

More from Music


R29 Original Series