We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic – Foxygen (2013)

Revolt Media

comedysoundtrack.11183v9Technically the third album by the American band, but the second major release, sees them expanding on the 60’s sound with youthful exuberance. It is hard to listen to this album without drawing comparisons to last year’s excellent Lonerism, showing that psychedelia will likely once again rank among the year’s strongest releases. More pop than rock, they manage to balance soft and heavy moments effectively to create a rigid sound whilst remaining easy listening. The vocals are excellent throughout, the instrumentation lively, and the lyrics at times are very strong.

Album standout “No Destruction” is a roller-coaster, effortlessly flowing from breezy pop to experimental rock at will, and is a perfect showcase for their talents. It also contains gems such as “There’s no need to be an asshole, you’re not in Brooklyn anymore”. The ludicrously playful “San Francisco” which carelessly bounces along to a merry tune, captivates towards…

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