Thursday, January 24, 2013

Foals: My Number video

Reverb enthusiasts Foals have been chatting away to Digital Spy about their new album and "the state of music" (urgh).

It turns out Yannis Philippakis is not a fan of club music kingpin David "Dave" Guetta: "David Guetta is basically... it's not even something that really makes my blood boil because it is just bullshit," he seethes. "It is an abomination but there needs to be bad music around."

You might disagree with his taste, but I like the point he's making. What are Solange and Jessie Ware and AlunaGeorge, if not a kickback against the dancification of R&B?

People (and by people I mean the NME and Pitchfork) keep hoping for a comparable indie insurrection - but Yannis gives that idea short shrift, too. "The most exciting moments in guitar music are when there's no attention on it," he reckons. "When people say, 'It's the reign of the guitar band', that's when the worst records get put out."

The current shortage of decent guitar music certainly means Foals are large horses in a small paddock - but their new single would deserve attention in the midst of a full-on indie revival. My Number is constructed from nimble, interlocking guitar lines and - heavens above - a proper chorus.

Video-wise, we're in "live performance" territory. But, in a neat twist, the director shows what's going on around the venue - snogging in the toilets, breakdancing at the fire escape, and some heroic moshing (although not as heroic as this).

Foals - My Number

Foasl' new album, Holy Fire, is out on 11 February.

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