Thursday, May 28, 2009

Foals - Antidotes (2008)

For some ridiculous reason, I neglected to check out this band for a very long time. I had the album sitting in my Itunes for over a year now and I just recently gave it a thorough listening-through. Its deceptively simple and dancey rhythms really mask the amount of complexity going on underneath, around and on top of them. Polyrhythms galore, the guitar stylings are remeniscient of Ian Williams and do a good job of melding the techniques he uses in both Don Caballero and Battles. It's easy to tell that some of these guys came from math rock bands. Yannis Philippakis' vocals are also pretty great most of the time but at times I find them a bit repettitive. All in all, Foals is kind of like a sonic chimera made up of Battles, Bloc Party and Don Cab. Fall in love with Foals.

1. The French Open
2. Cassius
3. Red Socks Pugie
4. Olympic Airways
5. Electric Bloom
6. Balloons
7. Heavy Water
8. Two Steps, Twice
9. Big Big Love (Fig.2)
10. Like Swimming
11. Tron



Ted said...

the first half of the album is so good then it falls apart

just like bloc party

all of this is imo

InstanthumanJustaddcoffee said...

yeah there was a point where i didnt get very far past the first 3 or 4 songs but the end of the album really grew on me. unfortunately that didnt happen with bloc party hahah

thenoiseis said...

Great blog man. I have one as well and im gonna put you on my roll.

and as for Foals? The groove in "The French Open" always gets me.