Album review: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

By Nick Morrison

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By Nick Morrison | Staff Writer

February 28, 2013

 

“Foxygen’s” new album, “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” that was released earlier this year.

American indie rock duo, “Foxygen”, released their most recent album earlier this year entitled, “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic”  with much anticipation from fans.

The new album features heavy influences of 60’s pop, psychedelic rock, and avante garde. A common analogy to Foxygen’s sounds is a “two man Beatles.” This can be seen clearly from the beginning of the album in which the first track, “In The Darkness”, has a heavy “Sgt. Pepper’s  Lonely Hearts Club Band” vibe, with a barrage of echoing voices adding to the classic psychedelic sound. The second song of the album, “No Destruction”, is sung in a poetic Dylan-esque vocal style. Backed by a wailing organ and a rhythmic bass line, “No Destruction” is a great showcase of the entire album as a whole, precise instrumental and pleasant lyrics show exactly what “Foxygen” attempt to do, which is show that pop is still a respectable genre of music outside of the, “Nikki Minaj’s” and the “One Direction’s” of the industry.

Outstanding organ work, well timed drums, savage guitar and bass riffs continue throughout the rest album with tracks like “On Blue Mountain” featuring a pseudo-children’s choir to provide great, albeit creepy backing vocals. The cheery pop music continues through the earlier released single “San Fransisco” a poppy duet of two lovers conversing. The album continues with the blues tune, “Bowling Trophies,” a great demonstration of Foxygen’s amazing ability of musical flexibility.

Coming to a conclusion there were two favored tracks, the self titled “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” and “Oh No 2.” The self titled song features a heavy surf vibe, with grooving chords backing a shrill voice, it’s an upbeat tune that’s sure to please all listeners. The near-screaming vocals are followed by a chorus that seems almost out of place, but fits the tune in every aspect it can.

“Oh No 2” starts out with an almost Muse-like vocal style, a violin and double bass can be heard in the background. Moments later drums and bass guitar can be heard entering the mix, making a somber tune into a slow ballad, poetic lyrics and thumping kick drum make “Oh No 2” one of the most enjoyable songs on the album. It closes off the album ending in a crescendo, but quickly changing pace, in an almost velvet-underground style collaboration of piano and vocals saying, “Oh no… If you believe in love, Everything you see is love, So try to be what God wants you to be, And say that ‘I love you” again.'”

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