One of the most important British guitar bands of the past few years, Oxfordshire 5-piece Foals have delivered news of a much-anticipated fourth album, titled ‘What Went Down’, set for release August 28th on Warner Music. Watch the video for first release and title track, below.
In keeping with Foals' abilty to create a unique sound, with layers upon layers of sophisticated guitars, synths and vocals to full effect, 'What Went Down' builds on this as a frenzied, urgent track, provocative and theatrical in its deliver, as what can only be described as the Foals most immense track to date. Arguably drawing comparisons to Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age, far more so than what was delivered with their previous album, the video is as every bit as intense as the song, featuring a cinematic, slow motion chase through water, a mysterious, villainous looking man, and his beautiful, sleek and muscly fight dog.
Also just unveiled, next to be fed to the Foals' hungry crowd of fans is the track 'Mountain at My Gates', the ultra-cool video for which was filmed by Nabil using GoPro's spherical Virtual Reality technology!
On working on What Went Down, Foals teamed up with producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine, Jessie Ware, Mumford & Sons) and retreated to the South of France to record in a rural 19th-century mill.
The resultant record touches upon the depths of madness, whilst promising to exhibit some of the most beautiful pop songs the band have ever written. Lyrically, Philippakis deals with themes around cultural identity, generational anxiety, cynicism, pessimism and heartbreak; “I wanted to tap into my inner madman and feel like I was channeling some sort of fevered creature”.