Arkells have returned with an acoustic album called Campfire Chords. The new record isn't just a few songs or an EP worth of acoustic songs, it features 18 songs and an outro and some awesome acoustic arrangements of Arkells songs.
Highlights on the record include the always great "Leather Jacket" - the outro of 'WHO THE FUCK USES A PAYPHONE!" is especially great with this particular album. Also "A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)", "Years In The Making", and "Knocking At The Door" are all great - really if you like Arkells all of this record is a blast to listen to and perfect for a relaxing evening at home.
The acoustic arrangements are stellar with this record, but the production can't be undersold either. Arkells did a good job of balancing making the record sound good and making it sound live - kind of like it's being played around a campfire. There's a raw energy to this music and in an era when we're unlikely to get that anytime soon it's cool to have that on a recording.
If you're a fan of Arkells then you’ll be a fan of this record. It's a good one. It might not be as cool as having a full-blown new Arkells album, but in its own way, it's better.