There is only one thing really worth mentioning about Ducktails’ third full length album; and that’s the seventh track, “Killin’ the Vibe” featuring Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear. Similar to Atlas Sound’s 2009 killer track, “Walk About” also featuring Panda Bear, the song is a clear, clear stand out, thanks to Panda Bear(?).
“Killin’ the Vibe” is a semi-acoustic/electro jam that has a cute way about it, just like “Walk About.” Ducktails (Matthew Mondanile) chants the only lyrics in the song “don’t killin, killin the vibe/I cant take your lame style/can’t you just sit awhile and try your hardest to smile.” The simple lyrics evoke so much and the music is pretty simple too - clap beats, cooing and some drumming. But all blended it works magnificently, making one of the best songs of the year already.
The rest of III hardly holds a candle to that single song. But a few are worth listening to, such as the coming of age “Don’t Make Plans” and the Seinfeld referenced “Art Vandelay.” The rest of the album sets a mood but is nonsense and just boring filler, like the non-listenable closing track “Porch Project” and the grating “The Razor’s Edge.”
Too bad Modanile couldn’t pull out more pop wonders like “Killin’ the Vibe” (which is already making its rounds on the blogs). If he could III would be a worth wild album, instead of a hackneyed, annoying snooze fest.