Vinyl Sunday #8 - 10/04/11
Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
So I broke my rule about “only buying albums on vinyl that I don’t already own” for this. Why? Because it’s my favourite album of all time, and it is an album. I first discovered LC! in ‘08 and while I enjoyed them, they cemented their place as my (then) favourite band in February 2009. I’d just turned 16, and I’d just been dumped. Being my first relationship I’ve ever been in and me being a bit of a dick and not realising how insignificant it was (especially compared to what came after), I turned into a typical, whining teenage dick.
I spent many days and weeks after listening to WAB, WAD, taking the rules it taught me to heart (which of course, I hoped went first). I felt undercut, and sort of believed “i taught myself the only way to vaguely get along in love is to like the other person slightly less than you get in return”, I believed I wouldn’t know whether seeing her kiss someone else whilst LC! played in the background would hurt me more. Basically I took it to my pretentious - and a little bit bruised - heart. I chose “hopelessness" and resigned myself to the fact my parents interests would one day become my own. I wished she’d "kiss me to the point of paralysis”. Of course, where the album gets a bit more abstract I struggled to match the situations exactly to my plight, but I did what I could.
And it wasn’t just the lyrics, it was the guitars woven in and out of (predominantly) male lead and strings and everything. The way Heart Swells made, well, my heart swell, the way I kidded myself that she was “perfect" and what was the point?! Everything sucked ever.
And yet, within 3-4 months I was back on my feet. I met someone who exposed these fallacy’s for what they were. I realised how much of a fool I was but it didn’t stop this album being brilliant. Whenever we argued (not often but enough), I always turned to this album and bitter~ish thoughts. The line "left nothing more than the circle of stubble rash around yr chest" took on new meanings as I got a hairy face and things became more sexual. I used DMEB all the time, and if you look through my tumblr extensively, you’ll see it pop up here and there.
And now, even though I realise that none of the things on the album is really that true, I relate with it, and I understand that sometimes you build these things up for yourself because of course I’m oh so tortured.
This album has a very special place in my heart, it is personal to me in a way few albums are (if any others) and this is why it’ll forever be my favourite Los Campesinos! album ever, and maybe, possibly my favourite album ever.