7 February 2012
listen: hello sadness
Story by Andrew Reinholds
Andrew Reinholds welcomes back Los Campesinos! with their fouth album compiled of flawed stories of lost love.
Welsh scallywags Los Campesinos! are back. They go straight for the jugular in their fourth album, the aptly titled Hello Sadness as they explore relationships not only breaking down but then falling apart.
The irony is that, for the most part, the sound is exuberant and upbeat. Its classic indie rock at its eccentric best, perhaps most reminiscent of Canada’s chaotic troupe of multiple instrumentalists Broken Social Scene.
So, being a septet Los Campesinos! (each member has adopted the surname Campesinos) bash out a glorious racket over which lead singer and lyricist Gareth Campesinos’ awkward slice-of-life observations build gloriously flawed stories of love lost.
From confessing getting frostbite from scribbling dicks in the snow for every girl that wouldn’t sleep with him in “Baby, I Got the Death Rattle” to the triumphant single “By Your Hand” where he recollects “we were kissing for hours with her hands in my trousers, she could not contain herself suggests we go back to her house, but here it comes this is the crux, she vomits down my rental tux, I’m not sure if it’s love anymore – but I’ve been thinking of you fondly for sure”, it is the too bad to be true self-deprecation that really brings the album to life.
And, any album with an ode to football – “Every Defeat a Divorce” – which quite simply has to be one of the most poignant songs about the beautiful game recorded – has to be worthy of consideration just for that track alone.
Smart and savvy, you could do a lot worse than giving Los Campesinos! a go – who knows, it could end up being the beginning of a beautiful relationship.