Foals What Went Down on 180g LP + Download
For album number four, 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 result is a primal, intense, sometimes harrowing album of extremes - the record touches upon the depths of madness whilst also exhibiting some of the most beautiful pop songs the band have ever written.
Lyrically, vocalist Yannis 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." Famously provocative, Philippakis is in turns destructive, obsessive, ambitious, and quick-witted with a razor-sharp tongue.
The first single and title cut is a ferocious monster of a track and a statement of intent that is sure to cement Foals' position as one of Britain's most illustrious bands. Evoking the blackest depths of an abyss, frenetic, frenzied and theatrical in its delivery, "What Went Down" is the most visceral song from Foals to date - it signals the return of a band who made their name in 2006 playing at house parties, and who, six years later, in 2013, morphed into UK festival headliners.
Foals have released three top ten albums to date: Antidotes (2007, album chart No. 3), Total Life Forever (2010, No. 8) and Holy Fire (2013, No. 2). 2013 was the year that Foals broke through. Appearing high up the bill at festivals around the world, Foals soon became festival headliners and by the end of 2013 they had won another slew of awards: Best Live Act at the Q awards, Best Live Act at The Sun Bizarre awards, Best Single (Inhaler) at the NME awards and a Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize nomination (the band's second in a row).
Foals What Went Down Track Listing:
1. What Went Down
2. Mountain At My Gates
3. Birch Tree
4. Give It All
6. Snake Oil
7. Night Swimmers
8. London Thunder
9. Lonely Hunter
10. A Knife In The Ocean