Holy Fire – Foals
Foals are one of my favourite bands and I will freely admit that without shame. Another thing I will freely divulge is that I adored their last offering to the funkylicious corner of Indie music, ‘’Total Life Forever’’. A lot of the old guard strayed away from this band after this difficult to digest album, as it diverged so dramatically from ‘’antidotes’’. I still enjoy both nonetheless and probably (dare I say it) slightly prefer ‘’TLF’’. 2013 is the year of Foals return and they have offered us ‘’Holy Fire’’.
‘’Holy Fire’’ is my second Album of the Week this week. I was told I should add it to my list by a college friend Mr. R. Gee (hehe… orgy). He said it was a return to the old foals and claimed it was far superior to TLF. He appeared disgusted when I told him I considered myself a foals fan that thoroughly enjoyed TLF. Upon Listening to ‘’Holy Fire’’ I was initially underwhelmed, however, the same was considered of both ”antidotes” and TLF initially so I kind of expected as much. It is definitely one of those third listen through albums. Songs each have a certain hidden charm that only show their musical plumage with repetition.
‘’Holy Fire’’ was certainly not a return to the original foals however it was not just a hashed regurgitation of left over ideas and B-sides from TLF, it was something different. It has a very definite charm. The rhythms and melodies are certainly more vibrant than TLF while occasionally having excerpts of melancholy hidden between riffs. ”Holy Fire” is a welcome addition to the foals repertoire and another stage in the band’s evolution. I have nothing but good tidings to bring you on this one. It’s certainly far more interesting than your neighbour’s dog.