“We’re not a one-dimensional band,” Foals’ frontman Yannis Philippakis told NME for this week’s Big Read cover story. “There’s a cockiness in feeling like we can put our hand to a variety of ways of expressing what we want, while still in some way being identifiably Foals. There’s a freedom in that. The fan base is one that’s grown with us. They expect these jumps and expect something new.”
Dealing with the “the post-millennial dread that everyone’s swimming in” as it sets environmental decline, societal collapse, chaos and confusion to Balearic beats, sci-fi synths, prog rock riffs and a touch of the cinematic, new album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1‘ is not only a huge leap forward – but arguably the best thing they’ve ever done.
Watch our video interview above as Foals talk us through the creation, inspiration and meaning of each track on their new record.
WARNING: Features Alan Partridge bass and “bulbous nugs”
In our five-star review of the album, NME concluded: “Regardless of where you checked in on Foals’ journey – or, heaven forbid, checked out again – there’s something to sink into on ‘Everything Not Saved… Part 1’. The intricacies and experimentalism of those math-rock early days, the spacey ambience of ‘Total Life Forever’, and the bolshy production brilliance of those last two records: it’s all here.
“If this is just the first act of ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, then this era may just prove to be Foals’ making.”
Watch our full track-by-track interview and guide through the album at the top of the page.