Video of the Moment #232: Foals

By on Monday, 8th March 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

There has been a lot of buzz around the new Foals track which was first played on Zane Lowe’s radio program March 1st as his ‘Hottest Record in the World.’ At almost 7 minutes long, it is far lengthier and more laid-back than the Foals that we are used to (think ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Red Socks Pugie’), but it’s still pretty damn good. While some people are saying it sounds nothing like Foals, I disagree. It starts off very slow and ambient, highlighting Yannis Philippakis’ surprisingly vulnerable vocals. Subtly and effortlessly, they add layer upon layer throughout the song until it sounds exactly like Foals, albeit an updated version. And in my opinion, that’s what bands should do: they should explore what they’re capable of while retaining at least a little bit of what makes them unique.

‘Spanish Sahara’ is the promotional single for Foals’ new album, ‘Total Life Forever,’ set for release on 10 May 2010.  They enlisted director Dave Ma to create a breathtaking video for the song (watch below). In it, Philippakis sings “Forget the horror here / forget the horror here / leave it all down here / it’s future rust and it’s future dust,” and the video is so visually stunning with it’s rich colours and its crisp, slow-motion shots that you almost forget the horror that you’re being shown (namely what appears to be some sort of dead animal in a bag). Kudos to Foals for a song and video that are as brilliant as they are unexpected.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYoINidnLRQ[/youtube]

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[…] ‘Antidotes’ strode onto the scene showcasing a band that had already obviously spent considerable time and effort hammering down their unique sound. Singles like ‘Mathletics’, ‘Cassius’ and ‘Balloons’ were so complex in their structure, yet were dripping with the kind of hook laden brilliance we have now after three records come to expect from Foals. Then with ‘Total Life Forever’, the band took their sound to new levels, with hints of Radiohead creeping into the sound on lead track, the hauntingly beautiful ‘Spanish Sahara’. […]

9:34 pm
1st March 2013

[…] ‘Antidotes’ strode onto the scene showcasing a band that had already obviously spent considerable time and effort hammering down their unique sound. Singles like ‘Mathletics’, ‘Cassius’ and ‘Balloons’ were so complex in their structure, yet were dripping with the kind of hook laden brilliance we have now after three records come to expect from Foals. Then with ‘Total Life Forever’, the band took their sound to new levels, with hints of Radiohead creeping into the sound on lead track, the hauntingly beautiful ‘Spanish Sahara’. […]

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