Wichita Recordings – February 24th
Football. Ex-girlfriends. Football. Death. Anxiety. Football. Football. Football. Los Campesinos! are back and thankfully, they’re on full- throttle form. Opening number ‘Renato Dall Ara (2008)’ sneaks up like the party’s in a different room before launching into a joyful assault, and sets the early tone of the record as a proper kick in the balls. ‘I Broke Up Amarante’ is the obvious contender for a future Match of the Day soundtrack, and ‘Flucloxacillin’ is easily the best song you’ll hear about antibiotics this year. But it’s the change of tempo for ‘A Slow, Slow Death’, that is particularly special, the aural equivalent of a nice back rub; beautiful, kinda soothing, except obviously, we’re all dying. These are sick scenes, sure, but they sound bloody marvellous.