After the group posted a mysterious countdown clock over the weekend on its website, the time has come for an unveiling: Vampire Weekend has debuted its first single from forthcoming sophomore set "Contra."

Fans can download "Horchata" by coughing up an email address, and can also stream it below.

"Horchata" is quite wordy, but what's more involved is the unusual arrangemetns (unusual at least for Vampire Weekend), with loads of xylophone, vibraphone and mirimba sounds, and very little guitar, if any.

As previously reported, "Contra" is due Jan. 12 via XL.

Vampire Weekend, "Horchata"

After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.