Single Review: Foals – My Number

By on Friday, 14th December 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Champions of the post-Libertines indie scene, Oxford act Foals haven’t been sitting on their uber-cool laurels. Having toyed with people with the frankly huge sounding Inhaler, they’ve now put out new track ‘My Number’ from their forthcoming third record ‘Holy Fire’, out in February.

With jingling math guitars overlapping scattered brushes with powerful guitar that made ‘Antidotes’ the most accessible album of its kind in a long time, and descending into the full light crashing sound that saw ‘Total Life Forever’ soar into their fans’ most cherished records, it’s not difficult to see Yannis and company in full command of the masses in the future once more. Finishing off a tour of tiny venues across the country may have whet the appetites of those lucky enough to be inside the sweaty rooms, but its created a sense of yearning for many more.

Sadly, ‘My Number’ features all the promise of Foals gone by, whilst not bringing it anywhere near to the reserved explosions of ‘Inhaler’. If they’d put this on ‘Total Life Forever’, it would have simply have been another album track and as such you have to question what ‘Holy Fire’ holds in store.

“You don’t have my number; we don’t need each other now. We don’t need the city, the creed of the culture now”, sings Yannis. It’s hardly the coded glory of ‘This Orient’ or ‘Spanish Sahara’ but even I’ll admit that it seems unfair to judge them against their lyrical best when ‘Cassius’ exists.

For now then, ‘My Number’ sits simply on the varied Foals shelf as a track they’ll no doubt be bringing forward with them; but don’t expect it to light up your festival season come the sunny months.

7/10

Foals’ new album ‘Holy Fire’ will be released on the 11th of February 2013. Watch them perform ‘My Number’ on Jools Holland last month below; the track premiered on British radio last night on Zane Lowe’s Radio1 programme.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSyz3X0pifM[/youtube]

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