Arts & Crafts is proud to announce the release of the newest album by Cardiff, Walesâ€™ Los Campesinos! entitled Hello Sadness on November 15th, 2011. Recorded earlier this year in Girona, Spain by producer John Goodmanson â€“ responsible for the septetâ€™s previous two albums, 2008â€™s We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed and 2010â€™s Romance is Boring â€“ Hello Sadness is Los Campesinos! at their most melodic, direct and exhilarating, featuring ten songs of love, loss and heartbreak. It is an honest, bare-bones documentation of two people breaking up and trying not to break up in the process, and is simultaneously the most focused collection by Los Campesinos! to date.
Ever present are the wry observations, the razor-sharp wordplay and the bandâ€™s varied instrumentation, combined with some of the saddest, world-weary confessionals Los Campesinos! have ever recorded. Indeed, Hello Sadness is wise beyond its years, exhibited not only in the sincerity, poetry and honesty of its lyrical content, but by the instrumental dynamics of its songs: a band that previously all put their foot on the accelerator pedal at once, a key element of their high octane sound, have learned how to take turns and let each other drive. Yes, things are still loud and upbeat. Yes, lead vocalist Gareth Campesinos! still tells it like it is. Yes, theirs is still the perfect middle ground between punk rock, indie pop, Morrissey and The Fallâ€™s Mark E. Smith. But each instrument has a settled place; each song sounds incredibly confident in its aim and abilities. The result is a band that has never sounded more together while detailing the impact of a relationship falling apart.
At just ten songs and forty minutes, Hello Sadness is perhaps the first Los Campesinos! album that sounds lean and pruned, indulgence shorn away and filler ruthlessly excised. Opener â€œBy Your Handâ€ envisions death at the hand of a lover â€“ a perfect tune for setting the albumâ€™s tone and theme into place â€“ while songs like â€œBaby I Got The Death Rattleâ€ and â€œLight Leaves, Dark Sees Pt. IIâ€ come from a raw, uncertain place that, in their confusion of emotions, feels more authentic than previous Los Campesinos! recordings. This is bolstered by the bandâ€™s own voices â€“ singing together at least once one every song â€“ as a unified message of hope, dismay and need. Itâ€™s a confessional feel thatâ€™s intensified in places by whispers of incidental sound â€“ the rattle of rain, distant radio, the hiss of room microphones â€“ and snatches of Dictaphone, captured by Gareth in a lonely or introspective moment. Itâ€™s an album whose very purpose and complexion changed dramatically when, on the eve of recording, the end of a relationship meant every word that had been penned before had to be rewritten. More heart-on-sleeve than ever before, Hello Sadness is Los Campesinos! at their very best.
Los Campesinos! are: Gareth Campesinos! (vocals), Tom Campesinos! (guitar), Neil Campesinos! (guitar), Kim Campesinos! (keyboard/vocals), Jason Campesinos! (drums), Rob Campesinos! (keyboard/guitar) and Ellen Campesinos! (bass).
Hello Sadness track listing:
1. By Your Hand
2. Songs About Your Girlfriend
3. Hello Sadness
4. Life Is A Long Time
5. Every Defeat A Divorce (Three Lions)
6. Hate For The Island
7. The Black Bird, The Dark Slope
8. To Tundra
9. Baby I Got The Death Rattle
10. Light Leaves, Dark Sees Pt. II