As the temperature turns colder and the days grow shorter, it can be difficult to not get bogged down by dreary weather and a lack of Vitamin D. Thankfully, we have a new video from California duo Foxygen to inject some much needed summertime fun into the coming season.
The pop rock duo have just dropped their new video “Follow The Leader” and instantly given our day a breath of fresh air. The love song features orchestral arrangements and an upbeat tempo throughout—the perfect match to its free-form visuals that include a group of adults returning to the playground to literally play follow the leader. Let us take a moment and dream of recess.
The new single will appear on Foxygen’s upcoming fifth studio album Hang, which follows 2014’s …And Star Power. Foxygen’s use of a 34-piece orchestra will be a welcome addition to the entire album, with another track “America” already released online, showcasing the versatility in arrangements that comes from a packed recording studio.
The theatrical single is giving us serious Radiohead/Bowie-vibes and making us feel like we just took a trip to Broadway. Although, listening to the soaring single “America” is easier than getting tickets to Hamilton.
Crafting exciting and memorable singles isn’t anything new for Foxygen, who boast a discography that should not be missed. Comprised of high school friends Jonathan Rado and Sam France, the band formed in 2005 and were signed to Jagjaguwar Records in 2012, with a brief history lesson of the band provided care of home movies in their 2013 video “No Destruction.”
France’s easy vocals and the band’s ever-evolving sound encompasses just about every phase of pop and rock from the past 40 years, with hints of The Rolling Stones, Fiona Apple, Beck, Gogol Bordello, The Kinks, The Black Keys, The Doors and Adam Lambert all rolled into one.
If you’re looking to add to a playlist that will please just about every musical taste, we suggest giving Foxygen a spin. Plus, it’s a really cool band name.
Check out Foxygen when they hit the road in 2017, including their March 28 date at The Opera House in Toronto.