Foals What Went Down Review

Posted by: on Aug 28, 2015 | No Comments

British indie rock gods Foals have just released their fourth album What Went Down and as you would expect it is a bloody ripper. Opening with the title track, this record is the most expansive thing that the band has done yet. I know that probably seems a little obvious given that you always look to up the ante with your next album, however Foals have done that on quite an impressive level. The bass is huge, the guitars are jangly and the drums are rocking.

As you would expect from Foals it is a record glittered with various pop hooks and singalong choruses that would look great belted out from the main stage when they hit Falls and Southbound festival later in the year. In terms of talking about a producer, Foals got in none other than James Ford. As a member of Simian Mobile Disco, Ford has done a spectacular job mixing moody guitar riffs with Yannis Philippakis’s distinctive vocal styling to create an album that is spectacular from start to finish.

The latest single ‘Mountain At My Gates’ pays homage to the indie rock sound of ‘Miami’ which was a great (you might even call it a classic) track from Total Life Forever, which came out a few years ago now. It chugs along as an album but you can see that on this record they have stepped it up as a headline band, and it is a compulsive listen.

If we are talking about a favourite track off the album I think that it would have to be a draw between ‘Birch Tree’ and ‘London Thunder’. This is a listen that Foals fans that have got into their music previously will fall straight in love with, if you are new to this band than if electro beats and jangly reverb on the guitar is your thing than you will surely find something to enjoy on this album.

Top stuff Foals! I will be sure to see you there in December when you hit the country for Falls and some big headline shows.





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