Foals' Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2: What You Need To Know
After a four-year gap since the release of their fourth studio album, 2015's What Went Down, Oxford alt-rockers Foals returned in March this year, arriving not only with their fifth full-length offering but also the news that it was the first instalment of a two-parter, with the second to follow later in the year.
Well, now it's later in the year and, sure enough, Foals are back once again with Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2. Here's everything you need to know...
A little background...
If the gap between 2015's What Went Down and the arrival of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 seemed like a long one by Foals' standards, that's largely because the new two-parter is the band's first time producing their own records. “There'd been a feeling in the band that we'd made a number of records and we'd never really got to scratch that itch of what it would be like if we saw everything through to the finish line on our own,” frontman Yannis Philippakis told Sound on Sound earlier this year.
“The desire with this one was to explore new textures, without somebody coming in and moulding or polishing something. We wanted it to be a freer expression of the band that we are.”
Who's producing it?
Just as with Part 1, Part 2 has been co-produced by the band themselves and Brett Shaw, who also handled the engineering side of things. James Ford, who produced What Went Down, is also understood to have added additional production touches on both this and its predecessor.
Any special guests?
Nope, just the four lads here – unless you count the collection of vintage synths borrowed from Air's Vincent Taurelle, which pop up all over the album.
What does it sound like?
While the first singles released from Part 2 – namely 'Black Bull' and 'The Runner' – seemed to indicate that the second instalment would be the angrier, more riff-heavy cousin of its predecessor, some of the album's deep cuts paint a different picture.
'Into the Surf' is one of several more expansive moments on the new album and, all things considered, it's probably better to think of Part 1 and Part 2 as different sides of the same coin rather than two separate albums. Besides the fact they were recorded during the same time period, the same spirit of sonic experimentation with new textures and sounds is present on both.
Does it deliver?
It absolutely does. Foals' decision to produce their own work has paid dividends and on both this and the first instalment which arrived earlier this year, the band's knack for a catchy riff or hook is still very much with them, only here it's combined with a zeal for new textures and sounds that is clearly serving them well. If that continues, Foals will only get better and better.