We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic by Foxygen

This is one of my favorite albums of 2013. I’m late on the Foxygen train, but in today’s internet culture the eclectic listener will often be late when his ears aren’t listening to as much indie or metal or whatever I haven’t been listening to as much as something else.

This here is an important rock record. At times it feels like something I’d find at show that had the Pixies and Something Corporate headlining and other times the album sounds like the grandchild of the Rolling Stones or the Velvet Underground’s drug dealer.

The lead singer seems obnoxious and pretentious (I’m not sure if I’m talking about Sam France or Jonathan Rado) but that’s probably because he really wants to be a rock star and hopes to pay the bills by being a musician forever. That’s cool with me, we’re never going to hang out and I’m never going to lend the dude money. I mean the album is named We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, who the hell do you think you are? That album name sounds like what the Flaming Lips would call an album if a drunk Harry Potter took over as lead singer.

The actual music on the album on the other hand significantly increases my enjoyment of life. I’d say the most annoying thing about it is that it came out at the beginning of the year and I’ve heard it too much in the mix of my 2013 rock playlist. I’ll probably have to stay away from it for awhile and listen to it again towards years end to see where it really belongs on my top ten for the year.

So yeah, go buy it, download it, listen to it on Spotify. It’s good piece of work.

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