[15] Foals, ‘This Orient’

Foals

Now for some light relief.

Oh, no, it’s Foals. All city lights and satellites, ‘This Orient’ is couched in romantic urban imagery and scuttles along busily, tight but dreamy, soaring through neon expanses. It’s a bit of a pop moment, with a lovely mix of a cappella bops and faked marimba – and later some crystal synth chimes to create an aural treat around an empty shell – and stands out on Total Life Forever for all the wrong reasons. All the wrong reasons that make it a better single than the more powerful ‘Spanish Sahara’. It works in my head, anyway.

Obviously, for a serious bunch of young men, their name is hilarious. Once Junior’s recovered from that and the hectic bout of dancing she chucks herself into for the first few bars, she comes to the only possible conclusion: “It’s some people dressing up.”

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