FOALS have THIS great album out that should be heard from here to the ORIENT

do you know you give me, you give me, this western feeling?

♫ Foals – This Orient

Foals last album, Antidotes, was all high paced herking, jerking and spastic beats and it was pretty great. I was naturally a little surprised when I heard first leak “Spanish Sahara” from their follow-up, Total Life Forever. The nearly 7 minute song takes over 4 of them to get anywhere and when it does it’s still a pretty chill affair. I wanted to be impressed… but I wasn’t. Then – per usual these days – I heard the whole album and suddenly “Spanish Sahara” made sense. Suddenly it all made sense. Foals hadn’t just slowed down this one song, they had slowed down their whole sound. Total Life Forever, and it’s perfectly chosen album art, is a shimmering and spacey tapestry of delicate beats and tender vocals that ultimately add up to an album that I like a lot more than Antidotes. The spazz-beat gimmick is gone and in it;s place is a grown up band that is flexing their chops in a much subtler manner. Many jams are still quite danceable (“Miami,” the title track), some take their time to get simmering (“Blue Blood,” After Glow”) and some soothingly simple (“Alabaster,” “Two Trees”). And then there is the straight whipping-wind summer anthem “This Orient,” above. Right off the bat you know big things are going to go down and it doesn’t take long for things to prove you right. It just makes me want to turn it up to 11 and sing along at the top of my lungs! I would totally post more of the great tracks I mentioned but honestly, between these two jams you’ve got a pretty good spectrum of the vibes to expect so just get into it and pick up a copy!

♫ Foals – Spanish Sahara

Super bonus for Uhh Yeah Dude fans: The album’s title track is all about singularity. That shit is happening, yo.

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4 replies
  1. jonathan_uk
    jonathan_uk says:

    Love Foals – off to see in November which will be quite amazing :)

    Quite a hint of Bloc Party to 'This Orient' – not at all a bad thing!

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