The Beatles are a solid choice for the greatest band of all time, and they're an easy pick for that title because -- minus Ringo -- everyone in that band was an exceptionally talented songwriter and musician. Paul was the pop genius. John was the abstract poet. And George was the secret artist, redefining what could be done with a guitar and access to world music. Vampire Weekend is the same way. Ezra is that kid you know who is so effortlessly clever you almost want to smack him for making the rest of us look slow. Rostam is the star producer. And, lo and behold, bassist Chris Baio
knows his way around a tune just as well as his bandmates.
Baio just released his first solo album, The Names
, last week, and it's a gorgeous bit of electronic pop music showing Baio isn't beholden to the sound of his bandmates while also proving that he can still write a pop song as good as "A-Punk." We had Baio by the offices to play us a couple songs, and it was an ornate and lush experience despite the performance being just one man which speaks to Baio's elegance as a composer and songwriter. We can't wait to share the session with you but these photos should suffice til then.