Saturday, March 08, 2008

Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster...

A few months after the "Sticking Fingers Into Sockets EP" attracted some attention, Cardiff collective Los Campesinos! finally put out their debut album (produced by Broken Social Scene collaborator Dave Newfeld) and my instant reaction upon listenning to it stands somewhere between starting to jump like a maniac, dancing ecstatically and smiling with no apparent reason. The reason? It really is difficult to think of better feel-good tunes done with so much juvenile enthusiasm and a healthy dose of insolence. Their formula (punk chords, catchy melodies, lots of shouting, boy-girl vocals, sing-a-long chants, cute obnoxious lyrics, sugar-rushed energy, buzzing violins, cymbals, silliness and other frenetic excesses) may raise a few eyebrows, but in their case it's the result that actually counts. And that stands as a collection of infectious and impassioned indie songs and a band too nice not to fall in love with. The lyrics in song "You! Me! Dancing!" say it best: "“We’re ignorant, we’re stupid, but we’re happy”. And now, all together: One! Two! Three! Four! (9/10)

Los Campesinos! - Death To Los Campesinos! (video)

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