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20 Watts Reviews Los Campesinos! Romance Is Boring by crumblymuffin

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WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts

High School sucked.  We spent so much time ping-ponging between awkward romantic anxiety, blowout house parties and venomous social gerrymandering that a pair of headphones was one of our few solaces.  Our computers were our record stores, Pitchfork and AbsolutePunk our ‘zines, nay, our best friends.  Few bands can bear witness to those introspective melodramas of adolescence better than Los Campesinos!, the hyper-prolific Wales septet whose first two albums Hold On Now, Youngster and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, set the bar for hyperactive orchestral indie pop and excruciatingly long song titles back in 2008. Continue reading


Leak of the Week 4: Atlas Sound – Logos by Tuan Le

The leaks this week were Kieran Hebded (of Four Tet) & Steve Reid’s NYC, and Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.  Both are pretty interesting, but the big news of this week was the release of Deerhunter’s critically revered Microcastle.

So, the special leak of this week is Atlas Sound’s Logos, headed by Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox.  Logos leaked way back in August with Weird Era, but hasn’t even been announced for release yet.  It’s just an unmastered version of the album, which means it’ll probably go through some changes before its released, but it’s already as good as Microcastle.  Can’t wait to hear the changes when it actually comes out.

Some great tracks on Logos include “The Light That Failed,” “Difference BT,” and the epic, 13-minute long “Quick Canal.”

If you want the story on how Logos and Weird Era leaked, you can head right here where Bradford explains it himself.  It wasn’t hacked, as you may have read around the internets.  And if you ever get a chance to see Deerhunter or Atlas Sound, take it.  It’ll blow your mind.

Logos is due legally sometime next year.

– Tuan Le

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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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