Vampire Weekend’s BAIO Premieres “Needs” on KCRW

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BAIO in studio by Larry Hirshowitz

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio is striking out on his own as BAIO and chose KCRW for his U.S. radio debut!

He was accompanied by a string quartet for much of the session and gave us a sneak preview of the new record, which will be out in Fall. He described it as two mini mixes — with catchy pop songs, alongside more dance-oriented tracks.

He’s released a couple of EPs of electronic music, so that wasn’t surprising, but hearing the Buddy Holly-esque track  “Sister of Pearl” (which he called the “gateway” to exploring his voice) really showed his range as a singer/songwriter.

The interview, hosted by Jason Bentley, was really illuminating as far as his process in approaching his first full length.

He also announced his first U.S. here in LA — he’ll be at The Echo on September 15 (ticket go on sale this Friday)!

Find the full session here.

BAIO on KCRW – Set List

Needs
Endless Rhythm
I Was Born in a Marathon
Sister of Pearl
Brainwash Yyrr Face
The Names
Matter

BAIO in studio by Larry Hirshowitz