Last week while you were drunk on liberty and setting fire to questionable objects in the name of patriotism, Los Cripis released their fourth album since 2011 and their first on someone else’s label.
If you’re unfamiliar with Los Cripis, it’s probably not your fault. The Argentinean band has mostly played South American or Europe on the strength of their spare, catchy bedroom rock built up in their own DIY studio and released on their own DIY label, Fariscal Records. Los Cripis Long Play, their fourth, is their best sounding work to date. Vocals and instruments are cleaner and the low end has a nice punch while the highs are very crisp. Even with this sonic enhancement, Los Cripis still have the hand-crafted sensibility found on their earlier recordings. Compare this sound to the EP Goldfish which you may remember from Impose’s Best Cassette Releases of 2013. It’s the same excellent music as before just with its glasses off and its hair down just in time for you to realize the one you loved was in front of your face the whole time.
Appearing at the same time as the album was the video for “All My Friends Are Dead” whose song is less dark than you’d think, though the video features lead singer Josi murdering several people with the power of her mind. The narrative video is an excellent companion to the song. The washed-out lo-fi aesthetic captures the perfect look and feel of underground postwar film and even though it’s a violent fantasy, it’s more Cassavetes than Andy Milligan. Check out the video above, and you can stream the entire album below.