But it's rare for an entire album to feel like a direct response to a single song, let alone just the first two-thirds of a single song, and yet, that's exactly what seems to have happened on Oxford-based Foals fantasitic sophomore LP Total Life Forever.
Somewhere between the release of their 2007 debut Antidotes, and the release of this album, the members of Foals fell in love with Radiohead's In Rainbows, or more specifically, fell in love with the opening two-thirds of that album's mesmerizing fourth track, the shimmering, swirling Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.
The result was one of the best UK albums of 2010.
I attribute this to the sense that the band was never interested in mimiography. Instead, Weird Fishes, with it's complicated, interweaving, percussive guitar harmonics, opened Foals's eyes to how techniques they themselves had already employed could be put in the service of a radically different mood...a mood they repeatedly capture on tracks like Blue Blood, 2 Trees, Black Gold, Alabaster, the aforementioned Spanish Sahara, and epic jam After Glow.
Status: Strong Recommend.
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