Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic (2013)
Foxygen are a duo hailing from California who seem to have a penchant for 60s and 70s psychedelic rock. So much so, that while I would likely categorise them as an indie pop group, they are very forthcoming with their influences, evoking the memories of the Kinks, Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, Dylan, Bowie, etc.
Early on the album, No Destruction is straight out of the book of how-to-sing-like-Bob-Dylan,-Lou-Reed-and-David-Bowie and opens with a bass line reminiscent of I Just Called To Say I Love You while single, San Francisco has a pure 60’s sound; in fact, resurrecting the sound of the Zombies. And that’s just typical of this album: across the whole thing, you can hear snippets of the 60s and 70s interwoven into the rest. Almost feeling slightly anachronistic to the rest, Oh Yeah almost sounds like The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Other tracks are more dreamily psychedelic, such as opener In The Darkness and bluesy Bowling Trophies.
It has to be said that I don’t criticise this pastiche approach to music and they mix and merge their influences seamlessly, sometimes, such as in On Blue Mountain, changing key and tempo as well; though it is worth noting the fact that the chorus melody bears resemblance to Suspicious Minds by Elvis.
Overall, it is a fun, playful and nostalgic album, worth a listen.
Favourite tracks: On Blue Mountain, Shuggie, No Destruction
Spotify link: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic