Earlier this year, Los Angeles rock scientists Foxygen released their Jagjaguwar debut release, the Take the Kids Off Broadway EP. On January 22, 2013, that label will put out a new album from Foxygen, the wordily titled We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. “Shuggie” is the record’s first single; the album was recorded with Richard Swift (Damien Jurado, the Mynabirds) in the producer’s National Freedom studio.
Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music.
They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections. Jagjaguwar is set to release Foxygen’s bedroom masterpiece, Take the Kids Off Broadway, on July 24.