Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos! has seven members, but began with trio Ollie Briggs, Ellen Waddell and Neil Turner.

This indie rock/alternative album “Sick Scenes” opens up with the upbeat vocals and guitar riff of “Renato Dall’ara”. There is what seems to be a heavy rock influence in the forceful singing overlapping the occasional shout and cymbal flare.

Following the opener is “Sad Suppers”. This track opens with the same sort of rock-esque drumbeat. As the intro flows on, you fall into the same sort of rhythm as “Renato Dall’ara”. This pattern typically sets up many of the songs in the album, which start to blend together, especially when listening to these tracks in succession.

If you are into quick-tempoed snare beats and occasional high-pitched feedback, this may be the album to listen to while you’re sitting in traffic. On the other hand, if you are not necessarily digging the idea of listening to those very similar beats and melody on repeat, I wouldn’t recommend this February 2017 release as a whole body of work.

I think to compare this to the variety of Frank Ocean’s 2016 “Blonde” album. Within “Blonde” is an array of songs, commentaries and slow ballads. This gives listeners a variety in what they are hearing, while staying true to Frank Ocean’s artistic sound. Granted, I believe some of the best in modern music still have to work at creating this varied harmony perfectly, but Los Campesinos! can still strive towards having all of the tracks work together.

There were tidbits of listening pleasure in songs like “Got Stendhal's” and “The Fall of Home”, which took on a moodier aspect of a love song. Rather than the otherwise intense vocals that are heard throughout other tracks in the collection, these tracks stood alone and stood out from the rest.

In addition, props given to the album cover artist. The pink illustration of a person passed out in the aisle of a grocery store next to what appears to be a spilled jug of milk, seeping out onto the floor like the poison that knocked this person out. The glitch-like lettering of the album title and band name atop an array of pink tones add to the zine feel of the cover.

Overall, this album displays further potential for the group from Cardiff. I would take interest in seeing what they put together next. There is room for them to experiment, as well as possibly astound their audience with future works.

I do not give this body of work a solid recommend, but maybe browse through a few tracks if you are looking for new music to discover.