Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Full disclosure. You have heard this album before. Just a fair warning. You might have heard this album in bits and pieces scattered across various classic records from the late 60’s. Just a heads up, do not want anyone being surprised. Whether tribute or plagiarism, Foxygen’s second release leans heavily in familiarity. I just thought it my civic duty to inform you before expressing my undying love for this record.

Foxygen is the work of both Jonathan Rado and Sam France who, quite recently, experienced a whirlwind of success. The group’s initial LP, Take the Kids Off Broadway, saw a small circulation before seeing its way to Jagjaguwar Records. Now with larger backing, the duo follows their first release with a quick second. To accelerate this race to the top Foxygen’s second release We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic has a handful of the most catchy singles in recent memory. My knees are getting weak already.

Foxygen is in love with the late 60’s. Represented on this album is nearly every popular top 100 style. The ability of its songwriting team to emulate certain styles is astounding. With that comes a sense of variety which borders on frenetic channel surfing. “San Francisco” is a very insatiable 60’s psych pop melody while “No Destruction” borrows heavily from a puree of Velvet Underground and Dylan. Take this and compare it to the surreal and less derivative “Shuggie” and one has three singles while have no real connection to each other. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic resonates a very self aware attitude when it comes to influences. Because the band members make no qualms in their love for this time period, the records comes off as a 37 minute love letter or time traveling work of fiction. What if we had a time machine and were placed back in 1966 with all the knowledge we had now? Well, day dreaming self, I could hazard a guess what it would sound like.

Since its release We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic has only grown in charm and craft. The songs which inhabit the space between singles has turned out to be just as fruitful and interesting as its lead singles. “Oh Yeah,” “Blue Mountain” and the closer “Oh No” all provide dimension to a pastiche that lies halfway between tribute and downright theft. I am nearing critical mass with its singles but burning out bright and hard is only a sign of something working right. Full disclosure. The Rolling Stones, MGMT, The Kinks, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, and maybe some late 60’s soul. We are on a mission across time and space with only the recollection of old pop records to guide our way. Godspeed fine sirs. Godspeed.

Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2013-02-14T03:50:26+00:00 rating 4.2 out of 5



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