Pioneers in England’s dance/rock scene, Foals introduces a clean, catchy and strikingly thoughtful alternative to the mindless sample rhythms and lyrics of today’s dance music. Still, Foals thoughtful approach to every note does not take away from the unscripted intentions, which drive the music and will keep you listening even after the party is over.
“We wanted to make music that was very technical, that wasn’t just party music, but at the same time you could dance to it,” explains Yannis Philippakis, guitar player and vocalist .
Although you should know the music moves strangely, and it will likely make you do the same.
With a minimalist mindset, Foals strives to bring out the vibrancies of each instrument. Every note is carefully placed so not to go wasted.
Their latest album, Antidotes, slips you into a tense trance, like falling into a dizzying daydream. One that only seems to make sense once you begin to spin with it.
The catchy, mechanical rhythms of the percussion give structure and measure to the already tightly ordered strings, giving proof to the bands great ability to choreograph a simple yet elegantly intricate song. It would seem attempts to decipher the music’s separate constructs would only take away from its true genius, as each note and instrument is best understood in the way it plays on another.
Foals captures something rarely found in today’s electronic age; a blend of dance and fun infused with thought provoking lyrics and sound.