Foxygen – consisting of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Sam France and Jonathan Rado – have produced a well-written, instrumentally eclectic album with We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic that’s easy on the ears and whose nine tracks slide on by like a beautiful summer’s eve.
Foxygen’s music has sunny harmonies and production reminiscent of early 2000s Wilco. At other times the sound is similar to feel-good seventies-era California music like the Eagles albeit one sung with an at-time annoying faux-British accent that sounds vaguely like the Redwalls (seriously, I checked; they’re from California).
The album’s best track is “No Destruction,” an ode to a former love and the destruction in its wake, and somewhat inexplicably a “grandma that lost her arms in the war.” Sometimes linearity isn’t what’s most important, apparently.
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)