Foxygen to release new album, ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic’
The Los Angeles-bred songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards), better known as Foxygen, are set to release their debut album ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic’ this 18th January 2013 on Jagjaguwar through Inertia. The album is a follow up to their mini opus ‘Take the Kids Off Broadway’.
France and Rado prove a prolific team, creating a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to influences like The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Velvets and David Bowie, to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year.
Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections. The first track, “Abandon my Toys”, only gives you two seconds of electronic soundery before acoustic instruments take over along with a vocal that sounds channeled in by a medium. Foxygen delivers the dandy Glockenspiel-packing “San Francisco”, which both circumvents and dissects Scott McKenzie’s tune and its many cousins of the era, while “Why Did I Get Married?” plays like a mournful lounge act until it starts to crash into something else, and a gooey kind of Ray Davies vocal gives way to shouts and barks.
After listening to even just a few songs on the album, any attempt to define its genre will begin with a discussion and end with a shrug, maybe a “rock and roll?” or a “psychedelic?” More question marks. Less periods. Less declarations. Every nook and cranny of the record is loaded with their unflappable, brazen personalities. The result: a host of musical left turns, lyrical non sequiturs and decades-spanning bridges. It’s flipping pyramids old and new upside down — from the miracle demo hand-off to their singular idiosynchratic reform of rock n’ roll.
Foxygen’s ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic’ is out in early 2013 on Jagjaguwar via Inertia