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Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (Jagjaguwar)
Foxygen founders Jonathan Rado and Sam France have been making music together since 2005, when they were (as they put it) just ‘high school kids obsessed with the Brian Jonestown Massacre’ and heavily influenced by ’60s psychedelia. They self-released several CDRs before working up the nerve to give a demo to musician/producer Richard Swift after seeing him perform in 2011. Swift swiftly agreed to record what would become their proper debut, as well as the brand new We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. This bombastically titled sophomore effort represents an even more impressively precocious, surprisingly self-assured and spirited Kinks-tinged romp whose tracks would fit nicely on a Wes Anderson soundtrack.
by Carly Blair