Foals Talk New Album ‘What Went Down’ | Music News
In an interview with NME, Foals have discussed their forthcoming album What Went Down” which is due to be released on Auguest 28. This album follows the highly raved about Holy Fire which was released in 2013. Frontman Yannis Philippakis described the LP as “lean” and “punchy“.
Elaborating on the album, he said, “this is the record that most closely mimics the sound in our heads. We wanted it to be lean. Both in the individual songs – less reverb, more punchy – but also as an album, so there wasn’t any negative space. We wanted to put the absolute best on there, and the 10 that made it are the ones that all of us were unanimous in liking“.
Discussing the album’s title track which was released last month, Philippakis said, “we wanted it to feel like the moment when a predatory animal goes in for the kill: there’s a savagery to it”. He had previously described it as “one of the most savage and animalistic songs we’ve ever done“. They also spoke about an unheard album track “Birch Tree” in which they explained that the sound was written “hungover in Utrecht, onstage doing a soundcheck“.
“It felt kind of consoling at the time. Then we worked on it in Oxford, then I got really into this boxy old drum machine, and so the kind of hip-hop quality of the groove came from that. It feels summery to me, it has a sense of what West Coast music should be“, Philippakis revealed of “Birch Tree”. You can read the full interview in this week’s issue of NME which you can buy on news stands or digitally.