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Daytona, Daytona (Ernest Jennings Record Co.)


11/28/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 This is what Los Campesinos would sound like if they were trying to be Vampire Weekend, or vice versa. There’s also a Timber Timbre-style thickness to the vocal lines that makes this stuff sound more ambitious than its weight class demands, and there you have it: brightly colored, psychedelica-tinted nerd-rock with nothing of import on its iPad-autistic mind other than rendering a pastel world in which metrosexuals and trust-fund-tourists hit the ski slopes together, or something. No, I don’t have anything against this New York-by-way-of-Chapel Hill trio, and in fact I don’t blame them for sounding so cookie-cutter and blasé about their own joy. And really, I have to believe that there’s one guy out of the three who’s really bummed about the fact that pretty much anyone who hears one of their agreeable but disposable songs is going to mistake it for a Vampire Weekend B-side. That right there would be one encouraging step. C+ 


Appeared in the Nov. 28, 2013 issue of the Hippo
 





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