Foals are a five piece band froBLAH BLAH BLAH THIS ALBUM IS AMAZING (Photo courtesy of foals.co.uk)
If you missed it, Foals released “Inhaler” and “My Number” as appetizers to get the world salivating, but now the main course has arrived. Holy Fire is a meaty stew of exactly what the world has been starving for: more Foals. Their standard recipe includes searing guitar, raw drums and layered rhythms, but the overall flavor is certainly more intense and intentional than their previous albums.
It is not hard to understand what makes Holy Fire a milestone in Foals’ portfolio. For the first time, they have managed to make their mathy rhythms a vehicle for their messages rather than the focus of the songs. Singer Yannis Philippakis and drummer Jack Bevans both have origins in the heavily instrumental math rock group The Edmund Fitzgerald. The unpolished songs from The Edmund Fitzgerald are a pure example of the style that drives Foals.
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Foals are slowly lifting the veil off third studio album, Holy Fire. After debuting single “Inhaler” with a full video, the Oxfordians performed a second track on “Later…With Jools Holland.” That song, “My Number,” appeared on the band’s YouTube channel today, and its arguably more infectious that our first taste of Holy Fire, which is out in the U.S. on Feb. 12.
Chorus-driven, with pop rhythms aplomb, “My Number” may be the most upbeat breakup song this side of T. Swift. Leaving behind the sinister feel of “Inhaler,” the second offering has little build, diving straight into feel-good–cathartic?–chanting led by Yannis Philippakis. Holy Fire can’t be this good, can it?
Foals- My Number (YouTube Rip) (download)
Holy Fire. Holy shit.
After announcing their third full album, last month, Oxford, England-bred Foals dropped their first single “Inhaler” today on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 Show. Complete with an aggressive video, the cut from Holy Fire is far more confrontational than anything we’ve come to expect out of a fivesome whose infectious math rock caught fire first with Antidotes and, later, Total Life Forever.
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