Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1
With a big, bold production, Foals fifth album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1 is on one hand so distinctly different to their MySpace math-rock roots. And yet the pin-point precision of the production arguably makes this more mathy than they’ve ever been!
After more than a decade in the game, Foals again embrace that love for the unconventional with the bravest and most ambitious project of their career: not one, but two astonishing new albums: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. A pair of releases, separate but related, they share a title, themes and artwork. Part 1 will be released on March 8th, with Part 2 following later in the year.
Fundamentally tethered but possessing their own personalities, the two bodies capture the most compelling, ambitious and cohesive creations they’ve ever produced. Eager to break the traditional pop song structure which they felt they were becoming increasingly tapered to, the 20 tracks defy expectation. There are exploratory, progressive-tinged tracks alongside atmospheric segues which make the music an experience rather than a mere collection of songs. Yet the band’s renowned ability to wield relentless grooves with striking power and skyscraper hooks also reaches new heights.
The album’s lead single ‘Exits’ is a case in point, featuring Philippakis conjuring the image of a disorienting world via a contagious vocal melody. It’s a fresh anthem for Foals’ formidable arsenal, but also an ominous forecast. ‘Exits’ signposts what to expect thematically from both instalments of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. The title is a warning that anything – from the tiniest fleeting moment of inspiration through to the planet’s own biological diversity – can be under threat of being irrevocably erased.
3. White Onions
4. In Degrees
6. On The Luna
7. Cafe D'Athens
8. Surf Pt.1
10. I'm Done With The World (& It’s Done With Me)
Released: March 2019
Cat: 0190295500924 / Warner Brothers