Sunday, December 30, 2012

Music: Foxygen

I don't do many music posts anymore, but when I do you'd better listen up!

Slight background:
My more or less apathy toward music these days can be attributed to me being a music consumer since I was... ok, born but I seriously got into contemporary music ("modern rock") when I was 8 years old and begged my dad to buy Weezer's blue album because I was obsessed with Buddy Holly. I also liked Alanis Morrisette, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots but that's beside the point.

My dad was a huge influence seeing as how he was (and sometimes is) in bands, mostly progressive rock/metal in nature but my favorite album as a kid was the Beatles Past Masters album, volume 2 with "The Ballad of John and Yoko"on it, not the one with "She Loves You" on it. Help! was one of my first favorite movies because it was so colorful and odd.

Over the years I have progressed away from "modern rock" and more so back to the "classics" or more classic-sounding and/or psychedelic-tinged music. Hence, back to 60s/70s sounds or anything actually interesting. I'm simply not impressed so much by newer music.

This is where Foxygen comes in.

The night after I was robbed, I was listening to the radio (blasphemous!) because I couldn't be bothered with dragging my computer up to the sewing room. Then this little song came on... A slightly jazzy beat you could bob your head to a little, yet still hazy, dreamy. The singer has a casual, lazy-singing cadence. I was getting into the beat, and then the tempo switched up on me: to this almost 60s-freakbeat/freak folk feel... and then back to the original tempo! I love tempo switch-ups. (See "Penelope" by Of Montreal.)

The song was "Shuggie" by Foxygen.

The album is due out mid-January and I'll be the first in line. I'm really anxious to hear the rest of the album. It's pretty rare I find a new band now that I am as excited about. I'd say I know a bit about music, but hesitate as well because I know there are people in my immediate friend circle who know far more than me.

But for now, here is a previous full-length album of theirs  that someone was kind enough to upload to Youtube. For fans of: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Velvet Underground, The Kinks, psychedelic music in general.

Seriously, enjoy!

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