Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Foals - Antidotes

A good companion to the excellent Beat Pyramid by These New Puritans, this debut album from Oxford group Foals gives another exciting perspective into the post-punk revival that has been going on for a few years now. Adding an intense mathematical approach that reminds me a lot of Battles, especially in its dry and highly detailed rhythmic section, and using repetition to build an hypnotic atmosphere (have they been listening to Steve Reich?), Antidotes manages to create another scary vision of paranoia in industrial societies. Loaded with looped sounds, fluctuating guitars, intricate structures, nervous rhythms, infectious melodies and alien elements like ska horns or claustrophobic keyboards, this may be a self-absorbed and very dense world to be immersed in but it actually becomes a rewarding (re)discovery. And even if you can easily identify their many influences, these addictive songs actually manage to stand on their own, sounding like something completely different from whatever else. (7,5/10)

Foals - Cassius (video)

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