"Vendela Vida" - Dinosaur Feathers
Ramshackle, pseudo-Latin indie pop that may engage your ear and spirit in a way that Vampire Weekend didn't manage to (if, that is, you happen to be among those whose ears and/or spirits were not, in fact, engaged thereby; I know some of you are out there). The music by this Brooklyn-based trio has an amiable, second-nature feel to it, while singer/guitarist Greg Sullo possesses a marvelous rock'n'roll tenor, at once lazy and insistent. He sounds like a guy who doesn't sweat the details and yet for whom the details seem to work out pretty well most of the time.
Vendela Vida--and isn't her name fabulously easy to say?--is a writer, and wife of the perhaps more well-known writer Dave Eggers. Not sure how the song relates--Sullo does manage to rhyme "Vida" and "read her"--but she was born to be a lyric, among her other accomplishments. You'll find the song on the band's debut album, Fantasy Memorial, which is scheduled for self-release in March. MP3 via Magnet. Oh and as another sign of these guys' musical aptitude, check out the cool mixtape they made in conjunction with an interview on the Music is Art blog last summer, which connects the Kinks to Harry Belafonte to NWA to Genesis and more.