It's hard to hate the type of music contained on Foxygen's second album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. Even at the first listen, the Californian band's psychedelic rock band's feels like an old, comfortable pair of shoes. On songs like "On Blue Mountain," with its retro groove, or "Oh Yeah," with a chord progression that owes more than a little debt to "A Whiter Shade of Pale," it's easy think you're just hearing some forgotten gem from the Beatles' White Album.
But, make no mistake, Foxygen doesn't just sound like a shameless classic rock throwback band. Rather, they smartly update that sound and put an indie rock sheen on it. For example, on "San Francisco," singer Sam France isn't singing about the old tropes of the Merry Pranksters, LSD and other aspects of the Mad Men-era. Instead, he says that he's left the city, singing "That's okay, I was bored anyway." All of this is warbled over a minimalist, 60s pop background.
We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic isn't one of those albums that attempts to mope about existential angst, to belt out funereal odes about lost lifestyles, or to thematically advocate for a cause. It's really just a fun jolt of neo-psychedelia about good times. And what's to hate about that?
RATING: Four and a Half Stars out of Five
We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic by Foxygen
Relased on 22 January 2013