Stream: Listen to Foxygen’s new album, ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic’
LA psych rockers Foxygen are set to release their debut album, ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic’. Stream the album in its entirety thanks to Pitchfork Advance.
The new album is a follow up to the band’s mini opus ‘Take the Kids Off Broadway’. 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?” 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 idiosyncratic reform of rock n’ roll.
Click here to head over to Pitchfork Advance and hear the album in full, via their great interactive stream.
Foxygen’s ‘We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic’ is out 18 Jan on Jagjaguwar via Inertia