Freitag, 22. Februar 2013

Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic


















das foxygen album ist schon irgendwie cool. total zusammengeklaut, aber cool.
(oliver)

Wer ist Foxygen?
Jonathan Rado und Sam France gründeten 2005 in Westlake Village, Kalifornien, das Psychedelic-Indierock-Duo Foxygen. Nach zahlreichen, selbst veröffentlichten EPs nahm sie 2011 der Produzent Richard Swift unter seine Fittiche. Über Jagjaguwar Records veröffentlichten sie 2012 ihr erstes Album "Take the Kids Off Broadway". Der Nachfolger (9 Titel, 37 Minuten) trägt den Titel "We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic", wurde wieder von Swift produziert und erschien wie das gestern vorgestellte Album von Unknown Mortal Orchestra Anfang des Jahres über Jagjaguwar.

Von wem haben Foxygen geklaut?
Das Querlesen durch ein gutes Dutzend Plattenkritiken erbrachte eine reichhaltige Anzahl von Bezugsquellen für den nostalgisch-experimentellen Psychedelic-Pop-Sound auf "We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic": The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Lou Reed, ELO, Royal Trux, MGMT, The Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Love, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Thee Oh Sees, The Doors, The Zombies, Prince, Bob Dylan, Scott McKenzie, Pink Floyd, The Band.



While each track would certainly work as a straight-up guitar-rocker, it’s Rado’s gentle piano chords that truly make them complete. Light, bluesy keys drive the music along throughout the record, from the phenomenal opening track “In The Darkness,” to the unexpected switch-flipping tempo changes of “On Blue Mountain” and “Shuggie.”

The added dimension of the piano is matched with truly inspired production throughout, as bells, horns, strings and handclaps pop up all over the record, whenever they’re welcome. These added quirks and flourishes never feel overbearing or cutesy – rather, they keep the sound positive and the music consistently interesting by balancing the old-timey feel with a modern array of sounds.

Foxygen’s charm wears off just a bit by the last two songs, which don’t quite meet the others in the accessibility department. On the title track, France wears his influences too heavily on his sleeve, stuttering and screaming in a manner that will appeal only to those who miss old-school punk-rock the most. Album closer “Oh No 2” shows the band trying its hand at experimental, psychedelic stuff and only slightly succeeding.

The song is saved, however, by a piano-and-vocals finale that calls to mind Abbey Road’s famous conclusion. Even the last lyrics mimic McCartney, as France sings in an airy falsetto: ““If you believe in love, everything you see is love.”

Nostalgia rock can be tiring, as certain sounds become trendy for short periods of time, only to go away as quickly as they came (lo-fi surf-rock comes to mind). But with We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, Foxygen is a breath of fresh air, reviving a vintage style of songwriting in a new and creative fashion.
(Pretty Much Amazing)


The best songs on 21st Century are the ones that dig into the grimier and sassier side of early-’70s glam. Big choruses almost pop out of nowhere on “Shuggie” and “Oh Yeah,” which border on the pomp-and-camp world of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The title-track is the most fun, a loose garage-rock jam with a few surprises of its own (the low hum of organ is the only adhesive to the glittery sty). The chorus to “On Blue Mountain” not-so-suspiciously recalls Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds,” but there are plenty of left-field dynamics and candied vocals to divert your attention (like the sneaky, one-time-only “I need it! I need it!" line).

While the more unhinged moments tend to overshadow sugary, buttery pop songs like “No Destruction” (even with the delicious jab: “There’s no need to be an asshole / You’re not in Brooklyn anymore”), the softer moments balance out the record’s tidy nine tracks. 21st Century also balances our post-apocalyptic present day with the past Rado and France hold so dear. The true litmus test is whether a modern take on the classics can hold your attention, or makes you immediately reach for your Transformer record. Foxygen wins. This time.
(Paste Magazine)

4 Kommentare:

Julia hat gesagt…

Zum Träumen schön. 9 Punkte

Volker hat gesagt…

Überraschend (für mich in Bezug auf diese Musikrichtung) gut

7,5

Dirk hat gesagt…

Auch wenn "San Francisco" ein Hit ist, kann ich insgesamt nicht mehr als 6,5 Punkte geben.

Olly Golightly hat gesagt…

Paste Magazines Alben des Jahres:

01 Phosphorescent – Muchacho
02 Mikal Cronin – MCII
03 Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
04 Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
05 Deerhunter – Monomania
06 Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
07 Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
08 CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe
09 Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 10 HAIM – Days Are Gone
11 Jason Isbell – Southeastern
12 The National – Trouble Will Find Me
13 Lucius – Wildewoman
14 Savages – Silence Yourself
15 Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
16 Kanye West – Yeezus
17 Volcano Choir – Repave
18 Arcade Fire – Reflektor
19 Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
20 Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park