Is there anything better when two best friends make music together? It’s hard to argue against that in the case of Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren and their musical ode to their friendship, Antarctigo Vespucci. The duo dropped a pair of EPs in 2014 that complimented each other well, showcasing some seriously infectious power pop. Now the two have released their debut album, Leavin’ La Vida Loca, a less explosive venture, and one that explores the other side of the coin that is Antarctigo Vespucci.
The title and artwork spell out everything you need to know: Leavin’ La Vida Loca isn’t an action-packed popcorn blockbuster. This is a lazy, chill summertime album, finding the joys in taking it easy. It’s probably best enjoyed while in the comfort of an air conditioned apartment, though in a pinch having open windows with a breeze is an acceptable substitution. The guys are still interested in writing powerful pop jams however Leavin’ La Vida Loca is more interested in dreamy guitars; The energy and hooks are in place, for sure, but they’re subdued in comparison to what came before.
At only 25 minutes, Leavin’ La Vida Loca is still a rush, even with its beach-ier (is that a real way to describe music now?) vibes. Farren and Rosenstock could have easily churned out 10 variations of “I’m Giving Up on U2” or “I Drew You Once in Art Class” and called it a day, but instead they took it one step further. These two are masters at melding highly catching songs with a laid-back attitude, and Antarctigo Vespucci is a testament to that. We should consider ourselves lucky that they met each other.
4.5 / 5 – Listen to it below!
RIYL: Fake Problems, Cayetana, Radiator Hospital