Another MP3 roundup. Let’s start off with Los Campesinos! and their new album, Romance Is Boring. I don’t really like saying nice things about this band, because they weren’t too nice to two of my friends at Olde Club, but I do really like pretty much everything they’ve done. Unique sound + teenage angst = my cup of tea. I first listened to this new album while I was making dinner, curious to see if it would be a step forward for the band. With such a unique, distinct sound, it can be difficult to change without losing a sense of your narrative voice. The band hasn’t taken leaps and bounds, but Romance is definitely a more mature effort. It seems like Gareth has pulled a bit of a Craig Finn and has really started singing more on this album. The subject matter is as emo-driven as ever, but with a darker edge. There’s a pretty intense song about eating disorders, for example, and it surprisingly comes off ok instead of schlocky and overdramatic. The insanely clever lyrics are as ever present as always. When I was listening to the album and cooking dinner, one of the songs really caught my ear and I thought, “Oh! I have to use that in my next MP3 roundup!” Going back now, I can’t figure out which it was. Whatever song I first heard, it apparently hasn’t improved with multiple listens. I think it was “I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know.” I like Gareth’s harsh-sounding vocals, but the Los Camps-typical boy-verse/breathy-girl-chorus thing is kind of irritating me tonight for some reason. The whole project seems slightly exhausting at this particular moment in time. So many emotions! Anyways, Los Camps have a new album out, check it out if you like their older stuff. If you’re unfamiliar, then listen to Hold On Youngster immediately and ignore this one for a few weeks.
New Frog Eyes track! Frog Eyes and any project related to Spencer Krug in any way is always a NYRM favorite (though Spencer is no longer involved with Frog Eyes). “A Flow in a Glove” is nine minutes long, so I admit I haven’t listened to it more than twice. Still, it’s a good track with a fabulous vocal performance. Whether or not you already know and love Frog Eyes, give it a chance.
Fucked Up, the current indie kings of hard rock, released a new album last week. I have not listened to it yet, but I really love this track off of it. Great Fucked Up hardcore vocals, with some beautiful guitar sounds reminiscent of bands more mainstream punk than I usually think of Fucked Up as being. It’s all still delightfully harsh, but at the same time delightfully danceable. A really, really great guitar track.
I owe this track to Soundbites. Django Django are an unsigned band from the UK. The rhythms and unusual textures of this song draw you in, and the vocal harmonies keep you there. It could use a better build or bridge, but it’s got a very promising sound. Something cool and different from overseas, make sure to check this one out.
Art Museums is Woodsist’s latest signee, and this track has been floating around the Internet for a few weeks now. I’m not sure that it’s quite as good as everyone is raving about (goodness, it’s nothing we haven’t heard before), but the retro sound is fun and I like the band’s sense of humor. “Why can’t we look good if we want to? Shopping.” Excellent first lyric. The song continues on with fuzzy, airy vocals for only a minute and thirty seconds longer. Not enough of a first impression for me to really decide how I feel about a band, but definitely something worth keeping our eyes on in the coming months.