Foals announce new album ‘What Went Down’ – new single to premiere next week

Band will release fourth album this August

Foals have confirmed details of their new album ‘What Went Down’.

The band will release the James Ford produced record on August 28. The first single from the album, also titled ‘What Went Down’, will premiere on BBC Radio 1 next week (June 16) on Annie Mac’s show and will be available to download immediately afterwards.

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A preview of ‘What Went Down’ can be heard below, now.

‘What Went Down’ tracklist:

‘What Went Down’
‘Mountain At My Gates’
‘Birch Tree’
‘Give It All’
‘Albatross’
‘Snake Oil’
‘Night Swimmers’
‘London Thunder’
‘Lonely Hunter’
‘A Knife In The Ocean’

Speaking to NME about the record, Philippakis was keen to establish that the band were thinking of their live show while recording the songs. “This new stuff’s going to decimate venues; we’re itching to play it,” he said. “It’s going to be fun to get back on stage and obliterate places.”

The singer also explained the ongoing changes he is working on in regards to his lyrics. “On [2013’s ‘Holy Fire’] I tried to consciously push the lyrics somewhere personal that was more like real life, whereas on this one I just wanted to strip the layers of myself away, have the reptilian part of my brain speak directly and not analyse or censor it,” he said.

He added: “I wanted to tap into my inner madman and feel like I was channelling some sort of fevered creature. I wanted to relish the mania, and what ended up happening – looking back at certain passages in some songs – is pretty intense in a way that I wouldn’t have ever been able to plan.”

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