Foals – Life Is Yours (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 14:03 minutes | 180 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Records
“Life Is Yours” and “Wake Me Up,” the opening volley from Foals’ buoyant seventh studio effort, evokes Daft Punk by way of Jungle, harnessing the precision-tuned dance-pop of the former and the dark, R&B-tinged cinematics of the latter. Like its predecessor, 2019’s apocalyptic double-album Everything Not Saved Will Be Loved, Life Is Yours is far removed from the band’s punchy, post-rock past. Their first LP as a trio following the departure of keyboardist Edwin Congreave, the 11-song set delivers a barrage of maximalist pop that ebbs and flows like a long night out. Comprised primarily of party-starters like the disco-tinged “2001,” the desperately horny “2am,” and the Nile Rodgers-leaning “Wake Me Up,” Life Is Yours rarely lets up. Even the cavernous “Crest of the Wave” and the hypnotic, midtempo “Flutter” feel designed to keep arms aloft and glow sticks alight. Over the last few albums, guitarist/vocalist Yannis Philippakis, bassist Jimmy Smith, and drummer Jack Bevan have proven themselves perfectly capable of constructing the sonic architecture to house their dystopian dance-rock. Life Is Yours is the first Foals effort to utilize multiple outside producers (John Hill, Dan Carey, A. K. Paul, and Miles James). Fueled by the long-promised light at the end of the tunnel after the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s also the band’s most vibrant and accessible outing to date.Foals are the kind of band that seemingly overhaul their sound with every album they release. Their debut album Antidotes (2008) was a true masterpiece, brimming with fresh, explosive rock. It was followed by the raging success of Holy Fire (2013) and What Went Down (2015), setting this band from Oxford on an upwards trajectory that saw them headlining the biggest indie rock festivals. Their songs are written to shine on stage, and upbeat tracks like Cassius, Inhaler and Spanish Sahara really get the crowds going. The British band became a quartet following the departure of bassist Walter Gervers in 2018, and they began adopting a more synthetic sound. They released Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part I and II a few months apart in 2019. With keyboardist Edwin Congreave leaving Foals in 2021, the band is now a trio. This departure hasn’t stopped them creating music though, and now they’re back with the incredible Life Is Yours: a disco-funk avalanche intended to bury the dark days of the pandemic.
The English band experiment with drum machines in the track 2001 and give a cheeky wink to 80s pop in Wake Me Up and Under The Radar (they also seem to take inspiration from the band Metronomy in Looking High). They even get the disco ball out on the incredible closing track Wild Green. “This has the potential to be an iconic year, and I’d love this record to be the soundtrack to that – to be there for that house party, that barbecue, that drive to the ocean, when the face masks are a distant memory and it’s just you hugging your mates in the middle of a field,” explains frontman Yannis Philippakis. This is a daring release that might surprise fans of the percussive and intellectual math rock Foal’s have been known for, but the light dose of pop on this album is sure to brighten your day. – Charlotte Saintoin
1-1. Foals – 2001 (LCO Session) (05:29)
1-2. Foals – Life Is Yours (LCO Session) (04:13)
1-3. Foals – Wash Off (LCO Session) (04:21)