Album: We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
By Philip Moreno
Foxygen’s second full length album is a tour de force for the California duo. Sam France and Jonathan Rado have made a record that sounds like it came out of the early 70’s. The production, especially when they double track the vocals, reminds me so much of John Lennons solo albums. Songs like “No Destruction” and “Oh Yeah” just ooze out of the speakers (or better yet headphones) like vintage Rolling Stones tracks. With vocals ranging from Lou Reed inflected singing to Elton John falsetto vocalist Sam France is one of the best singers to come along in some time. There is no denying the energy that the band is generating on the album, it feels as if they traveled back in time to 1971 and found the mojo that Mick and Keith found while recording Exile on Main Street. A song like “Loving Cup” from that landmark album what a lot of the Foxygen album feels like.
Yet, the band are not just trying to be nostalgic. This is their sound. Starting in 2005 this band has been honing their voice by releasing several self produced EP’s and touring, This album is their fully realized vision, and we the listening public are all the better for it. I have a feeling that this is going to be listened to all year long, and will be especially perfect for late night drinking down by the pond this summer.
Rating 9/10 stars