Foals | A Review of Holy Fire

The Foals are a growing band hailing from Oxford England with a penchant for using interesting samples in their songs.  They have just released a 3rd album titled Holy Fire and it does not stray very far from their previous offerings except in one way, but we will get to that. The band’s style of music can be summed up as a mix of danceable pop songs and introspective ambient anthems.  The band hasn't released an album since 2010 with Total Life Forever, which featured a very innovative track Spanish Sahara. The track was the stand out on that album as most memorable and technically interesting. On the newest album Holy Fire there are some tracks that stand out such as, My Number, Bad Habit, Late Night and the last track on the album Moon.  

The thing which makes the Foals’ music exciting to listen to is their knack for crafting songs that create a sense of escalation.  Many of their tracks open up with soft instrumental tones matched with a mellow accompaniment of the lead singer. Where this knack comes in to play is the gradual build up in tempo that often leads to a cacophony of sounds that will mark a song’s moment of culmination. Most music has so much to do with escalation and playing with that idea in musical terms, it seems though that the Foals have a more apparent and functional approach than other artists.  

The only thing that is missing from Holy Fire is a truly standout track, one that defines this album as a whole. 

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