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Releases of the Week, Week 3: Los Campesinos! and the Raveonettes by 20watts
February 25, 2008, 11:40 pm
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Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster
I don’t like hype, but I love this hyped album.

Los Campesinos! first gained widespread recognition from their energetic live shows followed by the successful release of their first single “We throw Parties, You Throw Knives” from their 2007 EP Sticking Fingers into Sockets. Unfortunately, hyped bands never last and never follow through on their empty promises. (Voxtrot, anybody?)

Their debut LP Hold On Now, Youngster gives hope that bands fueled by hype can actually follow through on an entire album. Hold On Now, Youngster starts with the familiar “Death to Los Campesinos!” and quickly jumps into the poppy “Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbests.” Dancey pop tunes seamlessly flow into a softer ending, which in turn, flows into the soft beginning of another familiar, “Don’t Tell Me to Do the Math(s),” which also seems to switch from slower pop into a dance song.

Barely clocking in over 40 minutes, this all-over-the-place-feel-good-about-yourself-pop-dance-album is what, presumably, Architecture in Helsinki failed to create last year. This album is all about fun pop dance songs, or as they’ve called themselves, tweexcore. But really, it’s whatever tickles your fancy. The hype surrounding them should die down, but there is no reason this band should only last one full LP, à la Arctic Monkeys.
Best Track: “This Is How You Spell “Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes And Dreams of a Generation of Faux-Romantics”

The Raveonettes – Lust Lust Lust
To listen to this at a low or even semi-high volume is a sin, and the gods of music will smite you.

The Raveonettes’ newest album drifts away a bit from the lo-fi garage band tone of their earlier releases. Previously, the Raveonettes were compared to the Strokes or the White Stripes, but Lust Lust Lust pushes them in a different direction.

The Raveonettes still don’t utilize too many instruments – basically just a guitar, bass, and synth – but Lust Lust Lust adds a ton of feedback, almost to the point where some would feel comfortable labeling it noise-rock. The first track “Aly, Walk with Me” gives a feel for the rest of the album: a lot of feedback and dark vocals softly chanting well-crafted lyrics.

Lust Lust Lust is best heard as loud as possible, and to listen to this at a low or even semi-high volume is a sin and the gods of music will smite you. Their newfound style now brings comparison to My Bloody Valentine, and in the end, who would you rather be compared to: the White Stripes or My Bloody Valentine?
Best Track: “Aly, Walk with Me”

– Ryan

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