Vampire Weekend's Baio Knows 'The Names'
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2016

  • Posted by: Mandi Dudek



The members of Vampire Weekend are off doing their own thing for a while and as we patiently wait for new music from Vampire Weekend (there will be some, just maybe not in the near future), we can enjoy the funky, electro-pop sounds of VW bassist turned DJ turned solo-vocalist, Chris Baio. He's been making songs under his last name for a couple years now, releasing his full-length album last fall. Today, he releases a new music video for the title-track, "The Names," which shows how good it can be to take an idea and roll with it.

One day, an image of a man in a white suit holding a skeleton head popped in Baio's head. He decided to bring the image to life in the music video for "The Names" in a very peculiar but beautifully creative production (which he directed himself). In part of the video, Baio wanders through Crystal Palace Park in London, where he poses next to gorilla and dinosaur statues while wearing a white suit and holding a skeleton head. Coincidentally, while Baio was in the editing stage of the video, he saw a performance by David Bowie on a film he was watching, where he holds a skeleton head that starts singing. Baio was thrilled to call his video a tribute "in a roundabout way" to his favorite artist of all time. Watch Baio explore London with his little, singing skeleton head friend in the quirky, entertaining video for "The Names."

And dig our session with Baio below.


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