Saturday, December 13, 2008

2008 Year in Review: Artist of the Year

Another in a series of short posts recapping the year in music.

Artist of the Year: Los Campesinos!
In a year when bands were breaking with their sound (see: My Morning Jacket, Coldplay, etc.), Cardiff’s Los Campesinos! burst on to the scene with their frantic bouncy pop on their debut LP Hold On Now, Youngster, an unabashedly original and friendly record. The record was an irresistibly catchy, raucous good time that pulled you off your feet and got you dancing. As if that wasn’t enough, the band closed the year by putting out We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, a collection of 10 tracks that the band is calling an “EEP.” On Beautiful, the band maintains their energy while reeling in their sound just enough to make it not sound like leftover tracks or a bunch of songs put out for publicity, but an entirely different phase in a band’s career. This incredible rate of songwriting doesn’t seem to have a stopping point, with the band already demoing another album for 2009. Hopefully, it will continue this awesome trend of songwriting.

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