Foals' band members have never been strangers to success within niche subcultures. In their early years, percussionist Jack Bevan and lead vocalist Yannis Philippakis performed under the name The Edmund Fitzgerald, a math rock band that combined the urgent spasticity of Hella with the pop flair of fellow Brit-rockers Bloc Party. Not only do Foals find themselves continuing their cult following, but they also have been responsible for garnering international acclaim and attention while they're at it.
On their latest single, "A Knife In The Ocean", the band of horses [Ed. Note: I see what you did there.] produce a drifting atmosphere with a rolling drum line and sparse, fleeting guitars. The instruments syncopate with Philippakis' wavering vocals, lyrically echoing Arcade Fire by singing, "Now that we're older, the future is colder/But what is there to do?" A lyric video containing psychedelic shots of layered images of nature compliments the ethereal nature of the track. "A Knife In The Ocean" is the third single released by Foals in preparation for their fourth studio album, What Went Down, set to release at the end of August. The single was premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show via Apple Music last week.
Check out the lyric video for "A Knife In The Ocean" below:
Also, be sure to check out our killer session with Foals below: