Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic remains on heavy rotation in the Muruch household and will be hard to beat on our Top Albums list this year. The band just premiered the video for the track “No Destruction,” which happens to be one of my favorite songs on the album. The video features home movies the band has been making since they were in high school. The track will be released as 7″ on May 28th by Jagjaguwar Records. You can watch the video below…
I have been spending a lot of time with Richard Swift’s The Atlantic Ocean this week. I sought him out having noticed that his production elements on recent albums from The Mynabirds and Foxygen were a huge part of their appeal. The Atlantic Ocean has a similar retro vibe. There is something comfortable about the production values in his work – this album felt like a place I could go for solace.
Several tracks stand out. “Bat Coma Motown” is a beautiful, smile-inducing song. Here’s the chorus:
I wasn’t wrong, I wasn’t right
You’re thinking it over with an easy mind
Well, if I did you wrong I apologize
But if I had the chance I might do it twice to you now
My favorite track on the album is “Ballad of Old What’s His Name,” which features the catchist hook ever, and somehow combines the guest instrumentalist talents of Ryan Adams, Mark Ronson, Sean Lennon and Pat Sansone of Wilco.
The album concludes awesomely with the Motown-inspired gem “Lady Luck.” You can download the mp3 and watch the video below.
Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is such a hit in the Muruch household that Editor/Head Writer Vic and Guest Writer Brendan had to do a She Said/He Said review…
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.