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Editors’ Notes

Produced by Seattle’s John Goodmanson (Pavement, Sleater-Kinney), We Are Beautiful has an untamed feel, but is glued together with a charming imperfection, raw energy, and naked emotional outpourings that sting tangibly and frequently. A glockenspiel twitters with plucked guitars, ambient noise washes up like waves on a beach, and martial rhythms help vocalist Gareth Campesinos! (yes, they all share the surname) get his more strident points across. The title track has the most inventive use of violins heard in rock in a while, strings alternately squalling in utter dismay and swooping along with the guitars in an aerobatic display of grace. Love is the thing, and it hurts:  “I taught myself the only way to get along in love /is to love the other slightly less than you get in return /I keep feeling like I’m being ... undercut.” The smart juxtaposition of shouted twee boy and girl vocals and ferocious indie-punk energy alongside more delicate dynamics creates an intoxicating yin and yang (for example, “You’ll Need Those Fingers for Crossing” is remarkably romantic, but noisy and softly sweet at the same time). There’s a precarious edge here, and a whiff of bitterness. Love ain’t easy, but it sure is inspirational.

Customer Reviews

Excellent Stuff

This band is terrific, and what a bloody great record. Very few bands can deliver two knockout records in a career, let alone in one year. I think 'Hold On...' was something of a minor classic, but this record proves the band's amazing depth and their potential to expand their signature sound. They've always brought in influences from all over the map, and this record sees them bring in even more, demonstrating that there's a lot more to come from them and that we should take them very seriously. This is one of my favourite bands to see live, and they're ability to produce fun indie-pop you can get lost in, while also offering some gravitas and real depth in the lyrics, it's just remarkably sucessful and this record's a delight. It's moving, rich, and has wonderfully consructed hooks. I highly recommend this, and the band's prior work (from a short career!).

Another good album

Great album, still not as good as there EPs but totally chill music overall.

All Hail Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos! has released another stellar album. From the first note to the last their music just makes me happy. Los Campesinos! is the solution to all of the world's problems.

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Celebrating a bratty, tongue-in-cheek viewpoint and a spunky indie punk style similar to Art Brut while applying an assortment of instruments akin to Architecture in Helsinki, the seven-piece group Los Campesinos! (a Spanish name that roughly translates to "the Peasants") formed in 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. The lineup took shape around Cardiff University students Aleksandra (keyboard, horn), Ellen (bass), Gareth (glockenspiel), Harriet (violin, keyboard), Neil (guitar), Ollie (drums), and Tom (guitar),...
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