Welsh indie popsters Los Campesinos! return with their long awaited new album Sick Scenes, their first album since 2013s No Blues. As with their previous work, the album is an upbeat gem of a record perfect for those (hopefully!) upcoming sunny days.
From the off, the bands optimistic nature shines through and the songs on Sick Scenes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face with their infectious melodies and energy. The cheery and reflective Renato Dall Ara (2008) gets things off to an infectious start and it is a start that doesn’t let up until the end of the record.
The one,two,three full on catchy pop attack of Sad Suppers, the rousing I Broke Up Amarante and the deceptively titled but reflective A Slow, Slow Death sees the album going from strength to strength and showcases the brilliance of the songwriting talents of Los Campesinos! and how they assemble and deliver their songs.
The gentle The Fall Of Home is an undoubted highlight of the album with a string section adding an element of inspired heartache in an altogether positive song as is the electronically minded Here’s To The Fourth Time and the lo-fi stomp of For Whom The Belly Tolls (What a title!) show off more of the bands obvious talents.
The album ends with the hazy laid back jaunt of Got Stendahls, the thoughtful and studious A Litany Heart Swells and animated last track Hung Empty rounds things off on a joyful high. The albums unshakeable strengths lie in the fact that the songs on here are relatable and heartfelt anthems performed with a sense of infectious enthusiasm and that is certainly hard to ignore and easy to embrace.
Los Campesinos! have always been a band with an outpouring of gleeful and catchy pop indebted indie rock songs and Sick Scenes definitely carries on that legacy, it is an album with bundles of charm that is the perfect antidote to cold and rainy winter days and makes you long for the summer and the sunshine.
Sick Scenes due February 24th 2017.
Words: Gavin Brown