Los Campesinos! – ‘A Los Campesinos! Christmas’

The Cardiff sextet's rollicking seasonal EP puts "a great big smile on somebody's face"

Nowadays, the one-off seasonal hit is a closed shop; indie bands after the kind of Christmas bonus Wizzard got in 1973 with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ must be inventive. Comprising six tracks including reworked ’70s classics and carols, Los Campesinos!’ new seasonal EP certainly is. It takes a similar approach to Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Songs For Christmas’ EPs, particularly on an icicle folk version of ‘The Holly & The Ivy’. The Cardiff six-piece’s first release since 2013’s ‘No Blues’ sees their perky alt-pop trussed up in tinsel and let loose in a toyshop. Frontman Gareth David rampages through billowing opener ‘When Christmas Comes’, ‘Kindle A Flame In Her Heart’ and the glacial ‘The Trains Don’t Run (It’s Christmas Day)’ flinging yuletide imagery like a toddler shredding wrapping; a blizzard of pantos. Right up to the cover of Mud’s ‘Lonely This Christmas’ done as though it’s East 17’s ‘Stay Another Day’, this is a Christmas riot.

Details

Director: Tom Campesinos!
Record label: Turnstile/Heart Swells
Release date: 08 Dec, 2014