As it turns out, that “something” which Vampire Weekend started counting down this morning is indeed a brand new selection from the band’s forthcoming studio album, Contra. It’s the LP’s opening track “Horchata” and hears the band picking up right where they left off. The feeling is light and pleasant, the sounds are complex and diverse. The instrumentation is impressive (there’s a string orchestra for pete’s sake!) and the vocals are, as always, captivating. And most importantly, what other song will you hear Horchatas mentioned?

Basically, it’s everything one would have hoped for and expected from Vampire Weekend. Fears of a sophomore slump? Please! Vampire Weekend appears set to offer another gem.

But that’s not all we have to report to you. As Pitchfork reports, Vampire Weekend has also dropped dates for a two-week California venture for next month. “Impromptu events” are also being planned, as are flights to Canada, England, Japan, and Australia. Get the complete list of VW’s confirmed tour dates below.

Contra is due out January 12 on XL.

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Vampire Weekend 2009 Tour Dates:
10/06 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
10/15 – London, UK @ King’s College
10/22 – Paris, FR @ Nouveau Casino
11/02 – Long Beach, CA @ The Art Theater
11/05 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s
11/07 – Lafayette, CA @ Town Hall Theatre
11/08 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
11/09 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
11/10 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
11/12 – Bakersfield, CA @ Chencho’s
11/14 – Lomita, CA @ VFW Hall
11/17 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Unit
11/21 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Art Factory