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Must Listen: Foals – “Mountain At My Gates”

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Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine), “Mountain At My Gates” builds from the leftfield grooves and angular art-rock that characterized previous Foals’ anthems such as “My Number” and “Miami”. This time, however, the quintet subverts expectations by twisting the track into a frenzied finale with a cacophony of sound.

“I’d recorded the beginning riff on my phone ages ago,” explained vocalist/guitarist Yannis Philippakis in a track-by-track interview with NME.  “At the beginning it had a baggy feel, but became less so with more work. The central image – “I see a mountain at my gates” was from me getting more interested in seeing what would come out lyrically where there wasn’t a pre-conceived idea. Normally I write voraciously in books and journals, then harvest a lot of that for the record. This, though, came out instantaneously in the room.”

Foals’ thrillingly visceral return with title track ‘What Went Down’ earned a flurry of Radio 1 support (Hottest Record in the World, Tune of the Week and Track of the Day) as it accelerated past the million views mark at YouTube. The album is now available to pre-order on digital, CD, CD/DVD and vinyl formats, as well as a limited edition box set, which is available exclusively from Foals’ online store. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of “Mountain At My Gates” and “What Went Down”.

As with the rest of the What Went Down album, Foals – completed by Jimmy Smith (guitar/keys), Walter Gervers (bass), Jack Bevan (drums) and Edwin Congreave (keys) – recorded “Mountain At My Gates” at the studio La Fabrique which is located in the same village in the south of France in which Van Gogh was hospitalised after savaging his own ear.

What Went Down is an album that grapples with questions that are a world away from the bland bleatings of homogenised pop: permanence and impermanence; life and death; solitude; vulnerability; intimacy; passion; rage; humanity – weighty issues that make demands of the people creating that music, and of all those who listen to it, too.

Sonically, it’s an album that precariously seesaws between primal aggression and naked vulnerability. It’s an approach that delivers a contrast of muscular shocks with the fiery central riff of “Snake Oil” and the menacing percussive march of “Albatross” set against some of the band’s most openly experimentally moments to date such as cocktail of afrobeat and drum machines that underpins “Night Swimmers” and the stripped-back, vocal-led “Give It All”.

The album closes on an astonishingly beautiful note with “A Knife in the Ocean”, akin to both the calm before the storm, but also the stillness and silence after it has passed.

Foals have released three top ten albums to date: Antidotes (2007, album chart no 3), Total Life Forever (2010, no 8) and Holy Fire (2013, no 2).  2013 was the year that Foals broke through (even though I’ve loved them since 2007). Appearing high up the bill at festivals around the world, Foals became festival headliners in the UK, headlining Bestival, Latitude and Parklife, drawing the biggest crowds of the weekends.  By the end of 2013 Foals had won another slew of awards:  Best Live Act at the Q awards, Best Live Act at The Sun Bizarre awards, Best Single (Inhaler) at the NME awards and a Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize nomination (the band’s second in a row).

 

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Check ‘Em Out: FAIRCHILD

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FAIRCHILD will digitally release their debut Burning Feet EP worldwide on Friday April 25th through Canvas Sounds. Produced & mixed by Catherine Marks (Foals, Howling Bells, Wolf Alice), the EP will also feature a KNDR remix of “Dancer”. In anticipation of the release, the band have just put out a new music video for the title track “Burning Feet” directed by their drummer James Haigh.

Although being their debut EP, the band have been around since 2005. Going through several line-up & name changes before re-launching themselves as FAIRCHILD at the beginning of 2013. During this time, they have toured through Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and supported the likes of Neon Indian, Kids of 88, Parachute Youth, Red Riders, Parades, Cassette Kids, Canyons, Pigeon, Battleships, The Khanz, Cub Sport & Northeast Party House.

“Similarities to Two Door Cinema Club and Swim Deep” – It’s All Indie

“The contemporary indie pop references are there for modern listeners to lap up – the African guitar riffs, the disco rhythms and the singalong choruses all mark Burning Feet, Dancer and Figure It Out as songs that the kids will absolutely love.” – TODAYonline

“DIY indie pop band from Oz that music lovers in the United States need to hear because we think they’re pretty amazing” – Indie Rock Cafe

“Sounds like Foals, Bloc Party, The Temper Trap” – Indie Shuffle

“Filled with layers of catchy melodies and vibrant polyphonic textures, this tune will take you back to Summer-holiday music festival; think Last Dinosaurs meets Neon Indian. Songwriting aside, the production value of this track is flawless.” – adamNOTeve

Upcoming Shows

Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (Gold Coast Suns AFL Match) – April 12th

The Loft, Gold Coast (Oneway Street Unofficial AFTER Party) – April 26th

Baltic Avenue, Toronto (Canadian Music Week) – May 6th

Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Canadian Music Week) – May 10th

Cake Shop, New York – May 12th

Rendezvous, Seattle – May 14th

Silverlake Lounge, Los Angeles – May 16th

Hard Rock Cafe, Singapore – May 22nd

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BRAND NEW: Foals – “Inhaler”

I am super excited to share this brand new track and video with you. It’s a new Foals song called “Inhaler” and the band will be releasing their third album Holy Fire on February 12, 2013.

Produced by Flood & Moulder (PJ Harvey, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins) at Assault & Battery studios in London, Holy Fire is the Oxford five-piece’s most direct and fully-realized album yet. Of the electric “Inhaler,” front man Yannis Philippakis says “It’s heavy, that song; it was liberating,” adding that it is the sound of the band shedding their inhibitions.

Foals released their debut album Antidotes in 2008, followed by 2010’s breakthrough Total Life Forever.  Both are certified gold. Total Life Forever was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize, an Ivor Novello award for Best Song and they received five nods at the 2011 NME awards, winning Best Single for “Spanish Sahara.” TLF was also voted The Fly magazine’s album of the year in 2010.

The band will hit the road on a small club tour in the UK next month, look for them stateside in the spring. For more info visit http://www.foals.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/Foalsforever

 

 

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Video: Toucan – “Mr Television”

Check out this Sydney duo named Toucan. They just put out their debut video. They’ll be at Big Day Out 2013 alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleigh Bells, Foals and Crystal Castles among many more! Check out Big Day Out 2013 here.

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New Album: Mystery Jets – Serotonin

 

 

Formed in 2005, five piece Brit indie band Mystery Jets refer to as many genres as they want with out being stuck with any of them. Today’s new music Tuesday marks the release of Mystery Jets’ fourth album and newest creation: Serotonin.  

Also, check out a couple free Mystery Jets downloads over at Last.fm by clicking here.

My faves from Serotonin are “Show Me the Light”, “Dreaming of Another World” and the title track itself. If you’re not sure if you like the band or haven’t heard any of their stuff, but you are a fan of Foals and We Are Scientists, then give ’em a listen!

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Highly Anticipated: Foals New Album

It’s been 2 years since Foals blew us away with Antidotes. I cannot wait to hear their new album, Total Life Forever, and it seems I’m not the only one. (It’ll be available May 10th!)

Click here to listen to “Balloons” from Antidotes (my favorite old song of theirs)

AND then be SURE to click here and watch the video for their new single “This Orient”

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