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)
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.