Los Campesinos! - I Broke Up In Amarante

A united document of mental collapse set against the outwardly sunny setting of a knees-up in Portugal.

The gang mentality at the heart of Los Campesinos!’s oh-so-personal introspection takes the fore on ‘I Broke Up In Amarante’. The first teaser of that new album, buoyed by a renewed vigour and belief in what the seven of them could create, it’s a united document of mental collapse, set against the outwardly sunny setting of a knees-up in Portugal.

In that regard, it’s the band at their peak. Fusing the darker hues of Gareth Paisey’s mindset - “it seems unfair to try your best but feel the worst” - with the shining, confident indie-rock they looked to have perfected on ‘NO BLUES’, it proves they’re still building on that promise they first exhibited a full decade ago. Taking the everyday mundanities of life and turning them into something near-magical, they offer up a support system like no other - Los Camp!’s life-affirming collective identity has never felt so vital.

Los Campesinos!’s new album ‘Sick Scenes’ is out 24th February via Wichita.

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