Listen: Vampire Weekend covers Andrea Bocelli’s “Con te Partirò”


    Vampire Weekend

    Photo by Debi Del Grande

    Love can cause people indie bands to do crazy things, like cover neo-classical opera songs. As part of Starbucks’ new Valentine’s Day comp Sweetheart 2014, Vampire Weekend try their hand at “Con te Partirò”, the Italian love song made famous by singer Andrea Bocelli. Brimming with the afrobeat-inspired electronics heavily featured on last year’s Modern Vampires of the City, it’s quite an ambitious reworking of the original. Ezra Koening does sing in Italian, however, and he does so quite well. Listen below (via

    Due out February 4th, Sweetheart 2014 also features covers of popular love songs by Fiona Apple, Phosphorescent, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Previously, we heard Beck’s take on “Love” by John Lennon.

    Sweetheart 2014 Tracklist:
    01. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
    02. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
    03. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
    04. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
    05. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
    06. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family cover)
    07. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
    08. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
    09. Ben Harper – “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
    10. Fiona Apple – “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
    11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
    12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
    13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)