Vampire Weekend’s “California English” has gotten some fire online for its use of Auto-Tune, which frontman Ezra Koenig uses in this video of the band performing the song on Juan’s Basement. The Auto-Tune is clearly a holdover from Rostam Batmanglij’s Discovery side project, but it adds a layer here. The track has the same kind of rushing ska tempo as “Cousins,” but with a chorus more reminiscent of tracks from the band’s first album. Keep an eye out at around the 1:10 mark to watch the drummer knock a cymbal off its stand. Ah the perils of basement performances.
Vampire Weekend’s Contra is due out on Jan. 12. [Pitchfork]