Although short (as is traditional) February has been good to us. Los Campesinos! provided us with the first album of the decade that we could possibly think of as A Classic. Romance Is Boring is the sound of a band pushing themselves forward with confidence, using much of their arsenal but leaving us with the sneaking suspicion that they will continue to deliver. Of all three of the bands records thus far I get the feeling that it will be to Romance Is Boring that new fans will be directed to in the future as a place to begin with their Campesinos! affair.
I'm wary of banging on too much about Romance is Boring here as I hope to be able to write a full length piece on it at some point very soon. Thankfully there was other releases from this month that are worth reporting on. First of all, the two side projects that I've mentioned previous have come to album fruition in The Hot Rats and Everybody Was In The French Resistance...Now!. Both of these are fully enjoyable albums for those who are fans of the respective members day jobs in Supergrass (The Hot Rats) and Art Brut (EWITFR...N!) but probably little appeal outside of these fan circles.
Elsewhere Field Music came back with a double album, called Field Music (Measure) which I'm enjoying as I write this piece and which I feel that I don't need to talk any more about as I've already reviewed it for This Is Fake DIY (here). Meanwhile, from over the pond Yeasayer unleashed the bizzare Odd Blood on us. A massive improvement from their world-prog noodlings of All Hour Cymbals it combines their love of international music and varied percussive sounds with an innate understanding of huge pop hooks. Better than MGMT and Animal Collective, Yeasayer have taken the blog-pop crown hands down.
On top of ALL THAT, I've managed to find time this month to go back and investigate XTC through their singles collection (Fossil Fuel) which, although I'm only going through the first disc of right now, is rather brilliant – as one might expect from a band of such immaculate reputation. In and amongst all of this there's been the Domino Records sampler on the cover of this week's NME and somehow the time for me to get re-acquainted with old favourites Interpol and The Strokes, through repeated listens of their début albums.
You wouldn't believe me if I also said that I've watched Disney/Pixar's Up, picked up a cheap copy of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's debut album from a charity shop (£1.50!!) and managed to catch up on a lot of my reading too, so I won't tell you that. Next month promises to be even busier still with at least five albums due out that have the potential to be somewhere above par. If Gorillaz album isn't at least an 8/10 I'll eat my hat.