Last Summer, the California duo of Jonathan Rado and Sam France took me by delightful surprise and released Take The Kids Off Broadway, which ended up being my favorite EP from this past calendar year. On the short collection, Foxygen’s sound is fruitful; a lot of everything coming at you from everywhere. They have a wonderful knack of taking five sharp turns in one track, smoothly. Double that number when referring to the ten minute “Teenage Alien Blues” epic. When Jagjaguwar announced an early 2013 release, the readiness was all.
“So without further adieu, we’d like to introduce you to the darkness.”
On the intro track, much like McCartney welcoming us all to the Magical Mystery Tour, Sam France addresses his crowds and brings us into his psychedelic territory. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is nothing short of a trip. The main strength of Foxygen is founded on unpredictability. Before you write off “On Blue Mountain” as a song for the hopeless, the optimism pours in. Just as the punk-heavy self-titled tune is finished kicking your ass, you find yourself plummeting towards the unknown slowly fading away from your sativa high.
As enticing as the organized experience may be, the standout track “San Francisco” is as easy as it gets; Like floating on a cloud, like butter, like everything beautiful on this earth. Similar to their effort from last year, Peace & Magic hits the right spots from nowhere in particular. Foxygen’s music is pure ambition, delivered as precisely as first imagined.