We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Foxygen’s new album is a freewheeling journey through a modernized 1970s. The album’s title—We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic—is only the beginning of the nostalgic, psychedelic era. This is the band’s second studio-released album following their 2011 release of Take the Kids Off Broadway.
The young band members, Sam France and Jonathan Rado, use a variety of instruments, tempo changes, and key changes throughout the album’s nine songs. The album starts off with the ear-catching and mellow tunes of “In the Darkness” and “No Destruction.” Just imagine watching Forrest Gump, and this album would fit perfectly as the soundtrack with its fun and sentimental sound. By the fourth track, Foxygen sings a catchy, swaying melody about San Francisco where we hear female vocals for the first time. The album adds a bit of funk with songs like “Shuggie” and “Oh Yeah” while still carrying the Beatle-esque electric guitar riffs and piano jams. Peace & Magic closes with a rock ballad that creatively ties together their use of instruments and expansive sound.
Foxygen’s newest compilation brings you back the good ol’ days of love and experimental music. Strong singles such as “Shuggie,” “San Francisco,” and “On the Mountain” are sure to leave a reminiscent impression. The two band members reside from New York and will soon begin a tour through Europe. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic was released on January 22, 2013.
Written by Meagan Nouis, Radio K volunteer.