Foxygen
Take The Kids Off Broadway


4.5
superb

Review

by Funeral USER (35 Reviews)
July 27th, 2012 | 74 replies | 15,261 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A nod to the past, a step into the future.

17 of 17 thought this review was well written

People always seem to be divided on the subject of who’s generation has the best music, or had the most impact and character. Some will rejoice over the noisy, experimental music gracing the airwaves today. Meanwhile others remember a simpler time featuring reverb drenched production and arena sized synths. Foxygen remembers the past, as well as the present and uses the best of both to create a niche sound.

It is hard to deny Foxygen find much of their roots in old school music sporting a pretty large David Bowie influence mixing in some trance inducing grooves and immense walls of light hearted, absorbing melodies alike that found in psychedelic rock. The fluttery pianos soars, synths drone and simmer in the heat of chaos and the production at times feels delightfully dated.

While in opposition to this the soundscape is loud, chaotic and often noisy even in times when not much more than acoustic guitar is being plucked the music always feels very rich and filled to the brim. Foxygen do whatever they do with confidence, no matter what silly lyric or line they spit out it feels like they genuinely mean it and on a scale of that found in an arena. Acoustics aren't the only thing Foxygen have up their sleeve, in fact far from it. Instrumentation is in mass abundance on this EP featuring various brass instruments on many of the tracks. As clean and poppy this album can be at times it can also be jaded, and noisy in sections where instrumental dueling and bouncing occurs such as the interplay between piano and guitar on ‘Waiting 4 U’ and the droning, slow burning synth of ‘Abandon My Toys’ against the brass instruments reminiscent of something you’d expect from Neutral Milk Hotel. This band isn’t set in one vein, they are willing to experiment all over the map.

One of the biggest challenges in creating an album as sonically large as Foyxgen has is maintaining strong songwriting through all the mix of sounds. I am happy to report that this EP fully manages to realize direction while maintaining chaos. The confidence Foxygen radiates really makes you feel assured that they are in full control at all times whether it be clean or gritty, slow or absolute insane. Many of the songs start off flying out of the gates making you wonder how they can maintain such a momentum and still have any sense of accurate direction. However they manage to pull it off through the addition and subtraction of layers, peeling away or adding layers and all the interplaying allow for gradual slowdowns or speed ups in such tiny, meticulous ways that before you know it the song has completely found itself in another place. The transition from one place to another is so smooth that all feels purposeful and cohesive.

One could not talk about this album without mentioning the vocal talent of Sam France. Not only is his vocals smooth and do a great service to the music but the sheer amount of diversity found in the vocals is incredible. Whether it baroque as found on ‘Make It Known’, gone wild screaming or soaring old school rock out vocals there is a lot to be found. France also knows when to restrain and let the music wash over. In the more psychedelic moments the vocals are pushed further back in the mix and beautifully croon out from below the waves of sound to add more to the atmosphere.

Don’t forget about those drums. Although synths, droning and brass are all present- Foxygen is still a rock band at heart. Drums are often quite loud in the mix, and are very atmospheric in the music doing all sorts of unexpected fills and always jumping to nod assurance to the rest of the mix.

Foxygen work everything into their sound from baroque, to distorted fuzzy garage rock and slow burning stoner rock to all around chaos. It is not only their sheer amount of diversity that makes them special but it is knowing how to have restraint within commotion and effortlessly flaunt the best of old and new that make their future look bright.



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Funeralopolis
July 27th 2012



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Slays so hard. Seems to have kind of slipped under the radar.

Can be streamed here: http://foxygen.bandcamp.com/

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Fortheloveofmusic
July 27th 2012



491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was thinking about review this too. So good, I could easily see it becoming a 5.


SeaAnemone
July 27th 2012



19702 Comments


foxxxy?

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ZedO
July 27th 2012



1096 Comments


track waitin' 4 u is cool..

ThroneOfAgony
July 27th 2012



3485 Comments


lolololol

CaptainDooRight
July 27th 2012



28306 Comments


Good review bro. Pos. I'll have to check this.

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Funeralopolis
July 27th 2012



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet just made my review 0.5 and i dont know how i did it

Hep Kat
July 27th 2012



14995 Comments


stopped reading at the typo in the first sentence sry

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Funeralopolis
July 27th 2012



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

edited

Spec
July 27th 2012



27051 Comments


Sweet band name.

ohfoxxxycole
July 27th 2012



4350 Comments


foxxxy!

ZedO
July 27th 2012



1096 Comments


oh foxxxy, where's cole??

Dharmad
July 28th 2012



1 Comments


Funeralopolis: A really insightful and accurate review. One correction: Sam France is lead vocalist whom you thoughtfully and rightfully praise, not Jaclyn Cohen. France and Jonathan Rado are Foxygen. Cohen lends her lilting backup harmonies occasionally throughout the album.

Funeralopolis
July 28th 2012



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

alrighty i'll fix that up

Funeralopolis
August 17th 2012



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best album of 2012 probs

ADM20
September 8th 2012



48 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Such a brilliant album. It's hard not to like it, as a fan of all time periods of music. Teenage Alien Blues and Make It Known are such excellent songs.

Lenix
September 8th 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna listen, really fucking good so far

Lenix
September 8th 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn, new favorite band

Funeralopolis
September 9th 2012



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

new favourite band 4/5

Lenix
September 9th 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why not?



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