Glockenspiels, cardigans and liberal use of exclamation points are normally warning signs for cutesy, clever indie rock. Fortunately, Gareth Campesino and his Cardiff gang of seven are more interested in emulating riot grrl groups like Huggy Bear than the saccharine vapidity of a Go Team!
Produced by home boy Dave Newfeld (BSS), the disc makes it clear the pop comes straightforward but the ideas are fraught with complication. Los Campesinos! are hyper-literate college kids out to make big statements from microcosmic situations, but the metaphors in the overly abstract lyrics often get away from Gareth and co-vocalist Aleks. Los Campesinos! Want! You! Dancing! to this over-caffeinated batch of boy/girl rock.
Los Campesinos! play Lee’s Palace May 23.