• Alfie Mole

Review | Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1

Three-time nominated Best Live Act deliver again with their latest release - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost.

If you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard anything from Foals since their classic 2008 hit, “Cassius”, then you wouldn’t recognise the four-piece from listening to this record. The band have undergone a huge transformation. Jangly guitar chords are replaced by soaring overdriven riffs. Frontman Yannis Philippakis’ vulnerable indie vocals have transcended into epic belting choruses. The kooky, Oxford indie outfit is gone. In its place is an alternative-rock monolith.

Previous releases, "What Went Down" and "Holy Fire" initiated this transformation. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1 maintains a similar vibe to these two albums. But the band have expanded even more with this latest release.

The album begins with "Moonlight" - clean guitars are layered over ambient synth pads, creating incredible textures underneath poetic lyrics. It’s a slow start. But by the time you have finished pondering what on earth the album title means, first single “Exits” begins with its punchy drum beat and catchy chorus. Stick around the end for some excellent riffage.

“White Onions” rips straight into synth-rock, complete with fuzzy guitar and heavy drums. Again, it’s Phillipakis’ excellent vocals that cut through this track. But Edwin Congreaves’ great keyboard riff laid over syncopated riffs demonstrates the bands' artistic dexterity and ability to take a simple idea and inject life into it.

Foals manage to do something most bands fail to do; create music both danceable and epic. "In Degrees" could be played at a 90’s disco night and no one would notice. Track 4," Syrups", begins with a heavy bass riff, sounding reminiscent to “Inhaler” from 2013’s Holy Fire, but evolves into a fast, energetic second half. The penultimate track, “Sunday”, starts as a slow, ballad-y piece, but breaks down into what can only be described as a 90’s club hit, somehow similar to Underworld's “Born Slippy”. It’s this merging of styles and moods that make this a fantastic album.

Everything not Saved.. is masterfully written. Each track shines through, and it’s due to Foals’ incredible ability to blend genres but maintain their signature style and sound that the band continue to write killer songs.


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