Vampire Weekend is having one heck of a memorable tour in support of their May album release Father of the Bride. In a recent Spotify Singles session, they performed a Bruce Hornsby-esque stripped down version of “This Life” from the new album, and a song they have been covering for almost a decade by another Bruce: Springsteen’s “I’m Goin Down”.
The song is almost unrecognizable as the piano chords begin. Even as Ezra Koenig’s vocals and the rest of the band enter, only the melody and lyrics give the song away. The instrumentation is more rockabilly than rock, which allows Vampire Weekend to put their indie stamp on the classic hit. Take a listen and see what you think: