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Must Watch: The da Vinci-Inspired Video for Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young”

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By Bryan Hood | Have you ever wonder who Vampire Weekend would invite to participate in a reenactment of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”? Wonder no more, because that’s exactly what the video for the band’s latest single, “Diane Young,” is. Along with a bunch of other pretty young things, are some famous, by indie rock standards, faces including¬†Sky Ferreira, Dave Longstret from Dirty Projectors, and The Walkmen‘s Hamilton Leithauser (thanks to Pitchfork for the¬†heads up). The video, which was directed by Primo Kahn, just like the song that soundtracks it, isn’t quite what it seems, starting out as a straight forward, Urban Outfitters-sanctioned recreation of da Vinci’s iconic painting before mutating into something a little more wild. Though we were skeptical of it at first, the band’s latest album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” has turned out to be one of the year’s strongest releases, and while “Diane Young” isn’t one of our favorite tracks, it’s an undeniably effective slice of radio friendly indie pop. (And yes, because this is Vampire Weekend, there’s more than a few layers to deal with here, including an obvious reference to Peter Greenaway‘s “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover.”)

Image: “Diane Young”/YouTube

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