Thursday, 15 December 2011

Swan Song: Hello Sadness, Goodbye Dirty Mistress

Los Campesinos! released an album just over a month ago. It was inevitable I was going to write about it, and the odds were good it would be something long and overly theatrical. And boy did I deliver on those two promises.
"They were a teenage crush, the last of my actual teen years. We were into all the same stuff. I was quiet and awkward, they were noisy and joyful the way . Theirs was the name I scribbled into the margins of notebooks. When I scribbled in margins, it read AS 4 LC!, encircled in a clumsy red-pen heart.

Now, we’re both a little older, both like to think we’re a little wiser. In the interim, there have been drunken passes, the occasional disagreement, and the discovery that one of us really likes football and one of us doesn’t. (“I’m not sure if it’s love anymore…” croons Gareth in my ear. Steady on, now.) Today the more refined LC! fan snorts at the mention of You! Me! Dancing!.

We’ve changed. And that’s healthy."
It's possibly the finest use of The Dirty Mistress as a discrete entity I've managed. Messy, long, indulgent, heart-on-emo-sleeve, playing with form and dipping into personalities I've written in since that first Hold On Now, Youngster review. I'm really proud of it - almost as much as I am embarrassed - and I'd like to think it might hold interest for non-LC! fans because it's about the album discovery process in general, and about a few other things, I think.

This site, at least in my head, is meant to be the respectable face of things, and if I do write about Hello Sadness for it, it will be distilled into a more digestible review. So, it's a piece I would only have done on Tumblr.

Which is why I'm slightly sad to be curtailing this particular experiment. Feeling less like I had to write vaguely publishable stuff freed me up over the summer, to play with everything from recipes . And lots and lots of pictures of cute animals.

But doing anything for it - at least, anything beyond reblogging other people's stuff - slowed down a lot recently. Given that the original idea was to have content be more regular, to encourage people to stick it in their bookmarks, having a Tumblr has become kind of pointless.

So consider this a rebranding, a refocusing, and all that PR rubbish.

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