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Foxygen : We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

Most artists, at one time or another, look to the past for inspiration; some make a career of it. LA-bred duo Foxygen – twentysomething childhood buds Jonathan Rado and Sam France – are one such band, cutting oddly-shaped chunks out of rock’s history books and haphazardly piecing them together like a paisley-patterned jigsaw. On their debut album proper for Jagjaguwar, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic, France and Rado wear their influences on their sleeve, and whilst some – Altamont-era Stones, Kinks, Bowie, Velvets – are more obvious than others, it’s safe to assume their record collections are heavier on pre-punk productions than they are on hip hop or chillwave. Unlike most nostalgics, however, Foxygen manage to pull off a couple of impressive tricks. Firstly, with the help of producer Richard Swift, they have made an album that sounds like it was actually recorded in 1972; one imagines Jack White would kill to get his hands on the equipment at Swift’s National Freedom studio. Secondly, despite the antique nature of its various components, their music is utterly contemporary, proving that good old-fashioned rock & roll is very much alive and well. Stream the album – out January 29 – in full now via Pitchfork Advance, and listen to “Shuggie” below.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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