Foxygen

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Foxygen, the duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, remain one of the more unique and compelling bands in music today. As they transition into the next phase of their lives, they are doing it with their unique vision and execution. Seeing Other People will be out on 4/26 via the fine folks at Jagjaguwar. Here’s some info from the PR squad.

Aptly named after the adult phrase “maybe we should see other people,” Seeing Other People is Foxygen’s most straightforward “goodbye” album yet; “Goodbye to the drugs, to the partying. Goodbye to my twenties now, Goodbye to my Saint Laurent-model-body. Goodbye to the touring circus — that’s right, no more shows or tours for a while. Goodbye, hopefully, to the anxiety attacks. Goodbye to beating myself up because I didn’t fit into those leather pants anymore. Fuck it. Goodbye to the facilities. And goodbye the leeches in my life,” says France

The album is filled with self-referential tales of touring, partying, of being young and in a band, and saying farewell to the grittier, darker aspects of it all. “I remember a quote from Rado sticking with the press a few years ago about how we’d lived every rock n roll cliche in, about, one year. Well, here’s the album about it. Another movie. I don’t know what’s next. But here’s a snapshot of it all.”

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There is a new service called Sounds Delicious, a service dedicated to a monthly release of someone covering a landmark album. First up is Jonathan Rado of Foxygen doing Bruce’s Born To Run.

That is crazily ambitious by him but if I was going to pick anybody crazy enough to pull it off, it’d be Rado. Is it going to sound exactly like Bruce’s version? No. Will it be done well and shown a massive amount of respect for the legendary album it is. Absolutely and the two tracks below lend credence to that.

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Foxygen – Hang (album review)

by Woody on January 18, 2017

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After Bowie passed away, his legacy and our ears were slowly tortured by a collection of half-ass artists doing over-the-top covers of his music during award shows. With every complaint I issued, people would ask, ” If not so and so, then who?” My response was consistent, “I’d roll the lunatics* from Foxygen out there and stay out of their way.”

Similar to Bowie, French and Rado have managed to forge a career while staying true to their vision. And their vision to me is one of no compromise as they maintain their chameleon-like persona. Like Bowie, there is some stuff that I love, some stuff that I don’t and some stuff in between.

On Hang, they are joined by a 40 piece arrangement that gives the album the feel of a movie soundtrack. One of those movies with an ensemble cast, led by Ryan Gosling of course, with multiple stories where the music is as central to the story as the acting is.

Whereas, …And Star Power was a sprawling double-album that could have dealt with some editing, Hang crams all the insanity into a little more than 30 minutes. And it takes a couple of listens to really deliver. Helping that out is that it really seems that they are having an absolute blast here. I didn’t get that feeling with Star Power.

The center of the album is the highlight for me. The grandiose America (and that’s saying something on this album) leads into to restrained (relatively speaking) On Lankershim. America sounds like Peter Gabriel-era Genesis covering Elton John on copious amounts of LSD. On Lankershim sounds like Big Star covering Elton John on moderate amounts of LSD.

While I might not love every album these guys put out, my interest always perks up whenever I hear something new from them. I think the musical landscape is a better place with them in it.

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Foxygen returns with Hang for 1/20 release

by Woody on December 19, 2016

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I found Foxygen’s last album, … And Star Power to be an ambitious, in parts brilliant, sometimes frustratingly long album. With a duo like Sam France and Jonathan Rado, two insanely talented musicians; there’s bound to be an album like that in their catalog. They’re back here with Hang out via the fine folks of Jagjaguwar and by the looks of it, the album appears to be more focused in nature. Here’s some info from the PR machine.

On their first proper studio record, the Los Angeles pair once again present their uncanny knack for pulling together myriad strands of influences to an elaborate, uncompromising vision. And this time, they’ve gone true big band! Every song on Hang features a 40-plus-piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard with additional arranging from Matthew E. White. Additionally, Hang was recorded with the brother rhythm section duo of Brian and Michael D’Addario, also known as the Lemon Twigs, and features Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips on select tracks. Written and produced entirely by Foxygen, Hang was recorded on 2” tape at Electro Vox Studios in Los Angeles.

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