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We are 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Los Angeles' Foxygen have released their second album We are 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, an album that illustrates the enjoyable musical sounds of the 60s. For an album that has been labelled under the pyschedlia of the 60s and the proto-punk sound of the 70s, the album feels entirely fresh and accessible considering its archaic style. This album come after a string of bands attempting to revive the psychdelia David Bowie/Todd Rundgren days of the 60s/70s. Bands such as Temples, Tame Impala, Pond are examples of revivers of the pyschedlia sound, and Foxygen are the latest added to the list. The jagger-esque twangly vocals of Sam France give the album its Rolling Stones re-created feel.

Amidst twangly guitars, rhythmic drums, authentic organs, the ‘ooo’s’ the ‘aahhs’ and the handclaps, the record itself is superb. The style of music may not be self-created, but the pure essence of the 60s is exemplified throughout the entirety of the record. Influences from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Bob Dylan and The Stooges are something to be proud of, it proves as a shrine to the pioneers of 60s music, as it is still such an accessible, easy-listening and enjoyable style of music.

It’s playful characteristics and nonsensical lyrics such as “cos it’s arms and legs, bacon and eggs” are easily ignored due to the conviction delivered by France. Records ‘On Blue Mountain’ and ‘Oh Yeah’ are wonderful examples of the diverse genres the 60s created, and on the whole the concept and idea behind the record is successful.

For these two 22 year olds to create a record that if it were to be released 50 years ago, it would still be catergorised as the pure essence of the 60s, whether the record would be up their with Stooges, Stones and Doors we will never know. However the record as a 60s concept is utterly enjoyable and addictive.

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