Vampire Weekend - Taxi Cab

Vampire Weekend

Contra

XL; 2010

"Taxi Cab" comes off of Vampire Weekend's latest and greatest, Contra. Vampire Weekend is easily one of the most discordant bands amongst modern music listeners. To some, the band's simple afro-pop melodies along with Ezra Koenig's fluttering dynamic just can't be taken seriously. I think "Taxi Cab" is one of the tracks that truly defines Vampire Weekend and justifies their immovable presence in the indie music scene. Koeing's vocals are soft, intimate, and sound like poetry recital at a coffee shop's open mic night. A simplistic violin breathes over the track while a stuttering kick drum and clap snare keep the intimate ballad at a nice jogging pace. While the musical elements of this song are simple and clean, the lyrics are paradoxically dense and insightful. Here, as often with Vampire Weekend, Koenig sings about the social implications of wealth and poverty. As a proud bohemian, the main character in "Taxi Cab" finds ways to leave a woman he loves because of her wealth, despite her doing nothing wrong. The conflict between social structures is a definite motif for Vampire Weekend, but here Koenig becomes more in depth. He questions his own perceptions of these social structures and asks the question: Is it fair to judge someone because of his or her rich parents? Check out the lyrics here