If Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic isn’t my #1 of 2013, we have a spectacular year of music ahead of us. This is the rare album that truly deserves to be called Beatlesque. But it doesn’t stop there, there are also elements of vintage psychedelic rock, modern indie- and garage rock, a bit o’ The Animals, a splash of Elvis, a smidgen of blues and various other experimental feats that defy category. It’s unusual, innovative and totally fantastic. So much so it’s impossible to pick individual tracks to highlight, the entire album is exciting. Foxygen are Californian indie-rock duo Jonathan Rado and Sam France, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is their sophomore release on Jagjaguwar Records and I’m obsessively in love with it.
Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is a sublime slice of pop perfection. The duo of Jonathan Rado and Sam France have bottled 60’s and 70’s classic rock, mixed in some electronic sounds, shaken it up and splashed it all over their new album. Ambassadors benefits from the mixing talents of Richard Swift, who also worked on the recent Mynabirds release. You will recognize influences from The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Bowie, Zappa, even some Motown, but their sound is fresh. The tremolo effects remind me of another of my favorite albums of recent years – Brothers by The Black Keys. When the record stops playing, I miss it. I haven’t felt the urge to submerge myself in an album this much since OK Computer. Foxygen recently appeared on World Cafe and you can stream tracks from this new album as well as download MP3s from their debut at SoundCloud.