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Vampire Weekend bridges the generational divide with cover of Post Malone’s “Sunflower”

Photo: Left: Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig (Frazer Harrison); Right: Post Malone (Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images)

Vampire Weekend is a band of clean-cut Ivy Leaguers who make beautiful, complex pop-rock. Post Malone is a grungy, face-tattooed rapper that confounds just about everybody older than 26. They’re both massively popular, though it’s unlikely you’ll find a huge crossover in terms of their audiences. Vampire Weekend just might change that, however, as it’s delivered a melodic, heartfelt cover of Post’s “Sunflower,” a cut from the Spider-Verse soundtrack that features Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee.

There’s a bit of a wink to the whole thing, as Vampy Weeks just released a single of its own called “Sunflower” (check out the Jonah Hill-directed video here), but it’s a thoughtful cover, upholding the romantic spirit of Post’s original while weaving in the group’s own organic sounds. It even put its own stamp on the song, weaving in guitar melodies from both “Sunflower” and Father Of The Bride’s lead single, “Harmony Hall.”

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Hear the BBC 1 Radio interview with the band here, and check out the performance below.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.