Foxygen is principally a collaborative duo formed by Jonathan Rado and Sam France in 2005. They may have been established in the early 21st century but they seem to be heavily influenced by a wide variety of musicians from the previous century. Listening to this album has re-awakened memories of many favourites from the 1960s. My first thought was ‘Blonde On Blonde’ meets ‘A Teenage Opera’ in the company of John Lennon, but it would be far too simple to leave it at that. I now have a large list of albums and artists that I aim to re-visit as a result of listening to ‘We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic’. Jonathan and Sam have certainly produced a mesmerising treasure trove of musical magic. Each song has its distinct individual layered complexity and stands on its own merit. The musical journey encompasses such a wonderful diversity of styles that a list of them might suggest that the album is rather disjointed and lacking in focus, but nothing could be further from the truth. At one moment, the music is almost naïve, making me feel that I’ve visited the set of a stage musical, then there is the title track truly rocks and reminds me of The Flaming Groovies.

They may have drawn much inspiration from 1960s pop and pschycedelia, but they manage to make it sound and feel fresh and current. This is no pedantic karaoke style regurgitation of other peoples’ work – I believe it to be a work of genius and would encourage anybody looking for something different to set aside some time to give it a fair hearing.

1/ In The Darkness

2/ No Destruction

3/ On Blue Mountain

4/ San Francisco

5/ Bowling Trophies

6/ Shuggie

7/ Oh Yeah

8/ We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic

9/ Oh No



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