The U.K. folkies flip Vampire Weekend's hyperactive, bachata-flavored rocker, starting it as a slow ballad, then shifting into a beery polka. Bonus points for the claw-hammer-banjo breakdown and the Peter Gabriel-via-Dave Matthews vocal impression.
Menomena | 2010
Indie-rock trio Menomena use a collaborative approach to song-writing. So when multi-instrumentalist Justin Harris came up with "TAOS," a slacker anthem of faux-confidence and an anacronym for "The Art of Seduction," drummer Danny Seim admitted he was a bit unsure about it. "I'm doing my best to pad the fact that the song was hard for me to listen to at first," Seim said. But the track eventually grew on him. "Suddenly his voice has become this weapon," he said about Harris. "It’s so emotionally supercharged, and almost laughingly over the top."