Los Campesinos! will release their fifth album on October 25 — the optimistically titled No Blues, whose initial offering was far less cheerily named “What Death Leaves Behind.” The Welsh sextet’s latest offering toys with a similar outlook. “Oh it won’t get better,” sings Gareth Campesinos! at one point, before adding, “That doesn’t mean it’s gonna get any worse.” Meanwhile, “Avocado, Baby” is about as bright-sounding as the band gets — dance-y over angular guitar-play, helped out by sky-scraping synths, and backed by a chorus of children singing along with the playful hook: “I have a stone so tough it’s crazy / That’s why they call me the avocado, baby.”
No Blues‘ ambitious production comes courtesy of John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Nada Surf, Blonde Redhead) and will arrive via Wichita Recordings, the official follow-up to 2011’s excellent Hello Sadness.