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Possibly one of the greatest albums to come out of Britain in the last few years. The danceable beats and Math Rock drones in this album are exucted perfectly by the Oxford five piece band. 'French Open' is a perfect opener to the album getting increasingly upbeat as Yannis Philipakkis barks the French lyrics, which works wierdly well. The opening track changes swiftly to 'Cassius', the first single of their debut album. 'Cassius' is the most danceable and upbeat track on the album and will definitely appeal to fans of 'Hummer' and 'Mathletics' but from here on, it's more mellow and drone-filled. And this is what makes this album amazing. It may not appeal to the people expecting more of the alternative dance stuff witnessed in 'Hummer' but it's incredible still. They have created a euphoric atmosphere full of random but haunting lyrics. The remaining eight tracks on the album seem to flow seamlessly and end with 'Tron'; the track closest to sounding like Math Rock and less alternative dance rock.
Brilliant record from an absolutely brilliant band, Antidotes is bursting with the Foals' quirky style from the wonderfully surreal cover sleeve to the wide array of unique tracks on offer from the band's debut album. Self proclaimed "math rockers" and with elements of their music inspired by bands such as The Talking Heads, Foals have made their own niche within indie music with their distinct staccato guitar lines and complex, catchy rhythms. Within the album each song succeeds in being diverse while mantaining the band's definitive style, from the lively cocophany of instruments in the fast-paced catchiness of "Cassius," "French Open," and "Balloons," right down to the haunting, slow and solemn sounds of "Electric bloom," with quirky lyrics completing the songs and adding to the surreal brilliance of the band. As a definate fan of Foals I would recommend this to anyone who's into the indie, electro or even dance scene, as there isn't a song on this album I dislike.
This is a cracking debut from the marvellous Foals. The foals are probably best classified a kind of electro indie band. I know your probably thinking of Klaxons but the foals are really nothing like them, they are pretty unique on the music scene at the moment.
"The french open" gets the whole album kicked off in blinding fashion. Starting with a slow brass line that slowly fades into a bruising guitar riff. This song, like a lot of the song on this record is pretty complex, with lots of different things happening. It certainly does get you moving though, with a great meeting of brass and guitar and a singalong chorus. The high energy is maintained with first single "cassius". This is extremely catchy and has great live optential in my opinion, though unfortunately I have never seen them live. Again it gets you up and dancing. "Red sock pugie" is another brilliant song. A bit of a slower number but has some truly awesome drumming throughout. Another of the slower songs is "Big Big Love" an absolutely Class tune. To be perfectly honest there isn't a weak track on this album. The only slight critism I have is that they should have included the song "Hummer". This song is floating all around the internet and is pretty easy to find but it is an amazing song and really should have been included on this all round brilliant debut. Buy it!
This is about as impressive as a debut album gets.
and whilst i'm on the foals love, if you ever get a chance to see them live, go for it, i saw them at Reading, and they were one of the more entertaining bands.
A terrific opening track with 'the french open', that has a wonderful upbeat tempo that gets a foot or two tapping, which leads well into the well known 'cassius'.
the fun doesn't stop there, and keeps going with interesting and intelligent musical ideas, that last until 'tron', which is the perfect end to an album that i was surprised didn't get nominated for the mercury- i can't see what any of the others had that foals don't.
definitely worth buying- this group have grown and grown on me, to an extent that i want to see them again and again, and can't wait for the next cd installment to thier career.
The debut album from the band 'foals' was released on 24th march 2008 in the UK (8 April) in the USA.
Following much hype around the band, particularily on myspace, they started to build a very strong fan base.
The band combine indie rock with a edge of dance and punk to give their extremely unique sound in the genre of 'math rock' signed to transgressive records.
Math rock is a genre of music which has a very complex rhythm based guitar style, which fits into experimental rock music. This genre originated in the '80s. It atypical rhythmic structures, which mean that the music sounds as if it starts and stops irregularily. It also uses dissonant chords.
As students, completing their degrees at top universities (including oxford!), they formed 'foals'. Only one of the members actually completed their degree, the other members decided to drop out of their courses.
The build up to the release of the album was immense for fans of 'foals'. They caused controversy when they left fans confused at the release of the album, due to two of their singles being left off the album. 'Hummer' and 'Mathletics' were both released in 2007 as singles.
The lead single from the album, irrestable and catchy 'Cassius' certainly strived to impress the growing fan base. It was released on 10th March 2008, 2 weeks before the release of the album.
The video for 'Cassius' is particularily a good point to the song, it features the band perfoming various surreal actions, including swinging hearts on string from the ceiling. Its a very interesting video which captured the audience.
They then released 'Red Socks Pugie' on 9th June 2008.
As an album, it definately is a grower. When i first bought the CD, i have to admit i was slightly dissapointed to see that 'Cassius' was infact, the only one of its kind. The other songs all seem to be not as stand outish and they take some work to get used to, but after listening a good 5 times to the album, it starts to impress. The opening song 'The French Open', begins with droning trumpets and stabby quick chords, this sets the scene for the rest of the album. It then begins to chant 'un peu, d'air sur la terre, d'air sur la d'air sur la d'air sur la terre' which translates into english from french as 'A little air on the ground', overall a very surreal and a very interesting song, much like the rest of the album.
The lyrics are something to be noted, they are very well written and are really impressive. A stand out song for lyrics is 'Red Socks Pugie' which mentions 'Wasp's nests in your head', which is a surreal but thought provoking idea. Very interesting lyrics throughout the album.
So, overall, id say buy the album if you want something a bit different, but give it a few chances, its a real grower!
The French Open
Red Socks Pugie
Two Steps, Twice
Big Big Love (Fig.2)
An amazing album! Blending a unique fusion of; minamilistic guitar riffs played as high up the fretboard as possible with head nodding, body moving bass lines,slick syncopation, disco beats, splashes of synth and yelping lyrics provided courtesy of uber cool frontman Yannis Phillipakis, Foals have hit hard with a unique genre of music branded Math Rock. This album is so extraordinary and original it has something sure to please everybody, so buy it!!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The French Open
3 Red Socks Pugie
4 Olympic Airways
5 Electric Bloom
7 Heavy Water
8 Two Steps, Twice
9 Big Big Love (Fig.2)
10 Like Swimming