Ezra talks about it himself in Worship You: Behind The Song
Ezra Koenig explained White Sky in track-by-track production notes:
”It’s inspired by some of the same African vibes and rhythms that influenced the debut, but the finished product represents a new chapter in the band’s sound. This song picks up where M79 left off. Similar people, similar geography, but, I think, a more developed sense of purpose.”
The strings sound beautiful in this performance
Ezra Koenig told the Daily Mail the concept behind A-Punk on May 23, 2008:
“We had a riff that sounded like a Punk song, but we played it on the high notes to make it sound more interesting.”
This performance includes a six-piece strings-and-woodwind ensemble and Rostam on the piano.
When they were at Maida Vale’s Studios Ezra said “we’re almost ready to play that one”….and that was in May of 2013. Maybe they’ll play it eventually.
this is our last year on earth