Whilst running a little short with just nine tracks, it does leave you satisfied yet wanting more, but not yearning to move onto the next band revitalising the genre.
The pace of the record is set with opener, In The Darkness, featuring laidback, on the beat drumming and upper register vocals with a somewhat mythological feel. On Blue Mountain comes in early as the album's highlight, gradually building up as if you were going up a mountain that has everything that you want out of a band like this – from the classic church organ sound to a funk-flavoured bass and strained Mick Jagger-like vocal breakdowns.
Lead single, Shuggie, feels as if it's the most futuristic song on a record that never passes 1979, with tight, concise drumming and even pan flute. Oh Yeah and Oh No complement each other, going from a 'screw her' attitude and a chorus that could have been the B-side to Stayin' Alive on the former, to the latter akin to analogue-recorded Flaming Lips at their saddest.
Foxygen are mining realms that have been done before on this record, but with a level of musical virtuosity that transcends it, saving it from being a crude imitation. Whilst running a little short with just nine tracks, it does leave you satisfied yet wanting more, but not yearning to move onto the next band revitalising the genre.
This week's new sets include tunes from English electro duo Disclosure (our Album Of The Week), Chvrches and Parkway Drive, plus releases from Graveyard, Jeremy Neale and One OK Rock.