Foals return with 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1': Everything we know and expect from indie darlings' new album
The indie rock icons return with not one but two albums this year. 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1' arrives on March 8, with Part 2 set to arrive later in the fall.
Late last year, news broke that Foals had signed a new worldwide deal with Transgressive Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music, suggesting that new music from the Oxford-based indie darlings was just around the corner.
Just a few days into the new year, Foals teased fans with a 30-second clip on social media bearing the caption 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 1, Part 2, 2019'. As fans lost their collective minds on social media at the promise of two albums instead of one in the same year, Foals went on to confirm the release of the double album with yet another teaser, this time with a clip chock full of Brexit references, suggesting a rare political bend in a Foals record.
As one of the most adored groups at the forefront of the indie rock scene gears up to drop their long overdue, highly anticipated fifth studio album, here's a detailed rundown of everything we know so far and what to expect from the new release.
Part 1 of 'Everything Not Saved Will be Lost' arrives on March 8 via Warner Music. The forthcoming album arrives four years after 2015's 'What Went Down'. The band also confirmed that 'Part 2' will arrive later this fall but an official date is yet to be set. Pre-orders for the first of the two albums are ongoing.
The first taste of the new album arrived in the form of the lead single 'Exits', which premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 on January 21.
Doubling down on the politically tinged teaser, the groovy number saw Foals paint an Orwellian dystopia as frontman Yannis Philippakis crooned about how "they watch us in our sleep, the language that we speak and the secrets that we keep in our dreams."
The track could very well be the most politically charged song in the band's career so far, with even the title bearing an obvious reference to the UK's current political situation. 'Exits' was also accompanied by a surreal music video starring Isaac Hempstead Wright (who plays Brandon Stark in 'Game of Thrones') and directed by Albert Moya. The video was produced by Canada, the same collective that gave us the smash-hit video for Tame Impala's 'The Less I Know The Better'. Check it out below.
'Exits' was followed by 'On The Luna', a dancier, synth-heavy number with much more polished production and dance-floor ready resounding bass but it still retained some of the early Foals guitar work in the interludes. Lyrically less accessible and more focused on the sheer sound-sex of it all, the track is reminiscent of the band's 'Holy Fire' era.
The third and final single from the album is 'Sunday', which released last Monday for some reason! Completely far-removed from the other two singles, the five-and-a-half minute track begins like a dirge, setting us up for a morose slow-burner. But at about the halfway mark, it effortlessly transitions into a frantic dance-punk number and then comes back full-circle to the slow burner it originally started off as. The track is the perfect fusion of the old-school guitar-driven math-rock side of Foals along with their more recent electronic leanings.
The early singles showcase a band that is confident with their evolving sound, while not entirely abandoning the guitar-driven indie rock that gained them mass appeal in the first place. If they are anything to go by, fans can rest assured that some never-heard-before stuff is coming their way.
Straight from the Foals' mouth
A lot has been said about the album in the run-up to the launch as the band featured in a string of high-profile interviews and podcasts. In an interview with Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio show, Philippakis discussed the decision to release a double album and how the format allows the band to present a wider range of their sounds.
"They're the most records we've made," Philippakis explained. "And I think by having a larger canvas to work with across two records, it means we get to put out two coherent bodies of work and keep all the extremes in our sound but without there being too much contrast within the records. There are some heavy bangers, there are some dance tracks, some rock tracks. We got to basically indulge every side of Foals and hopefully put it into two different mediums that flow well together."
He also discussed the individual flavors of the two parts of the album, both lyrically as well as sonically. "The lyrical themes through the records are certainly similar because I had the same preoccupations at the time. Talking at the musical level, putting it crudely, album one is slightly more keyboard led and 'new-wavey' in a way and part two is more of going for the jugular with live bangers. It's got a bit more ferocity to it."
From what we've seen of the album so far, it certainly feels more "new wavey" as Philippakis put it, trading Foals' usual carefully laid math-rock structures for a more free-flowing dance-friendly tone. Fans of the older sound can rest reassured that part 2 will satisfy their cravings.
Philippakis addressed the lyrical themes in an interview with NME. “I think the world is obviously affecting the way we feel as individuals,” he said. “I definitely feel that when I’m writing lyrics or music, that it’s in dialogue with what’s going on around me in isolation – so I’m sure there will be things in the lyrics to do with, not just the political climate but also the environmental situation that’s happening now. I think that it will be there.”
The sentiments are echoed in the very first verse of 'Exits'. "Now the sea eats the sky/ But they say it's a lie/ And there's no birds left to fly," he sings, addressing the problem of politicians around the world embracing the radical stance of denying all scientific evidence that confirms climate change.
What has changed since 'What Went Down'?
After a sprawling tour in support of Foals' last studio album, the band's longtime bassist Walter Gervers left the band. The band was pretty tight-lipped on Matt Wilkinson's show, only admitting that there were no auditions for the opening but the band had someone in mind. Soon after, it was announced that Jeremy Pritchard, of the British band Everything Everything would join as touring bassist for the band's upcoming live shows in 2019.
With the change in the lineup also comes a new sonic shift for the band. Philipakkis discussed how the new album is distinct from the previous body of work during an Oxford Union talk in October 2017.
“The last two albums [2013's ‘Holy Fire’ and 2015's ‘What Went Down’], they’re like buddies. What we need to do is go through some sort of violent change and make sure, whatever the next record is, it’s not friends with the last two… We’ve built a wide palette that we can draw from. It would be a shame not to keep pushing that. It’s evolution vs. extinction.”
Part 1 of 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost' has already raked in some rave reviews ahead of its release this Friday. Clash Magazine gave the album a 9/10 rating, declaring that it "rips apart everything you know about Foals," calling it a "bold transformative work, as inspiring as it is urgent." DIY Magazine featured Foals on the cover for their Feb edition and pronounced 'Everything Not Saved Part 1' as the "ultimate Foals album." Meanwhile, Uncut maintained a more reserved tone while noting that "guitars play more of a supporting role" in the album and that "the tonal shifts suits the band."
Tracklist & album art
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1 tracklist:
03. White Onions
04. In Degrees
06. On the Luna
07. Cafe D’Athens
08. Surf Pt.1
10. I’m Done With The World (& It’s Done With Me)
Unsurprisingly, living up to the name of one of the most successful live acts from the UK, Foals announced a massive tour in support of the forthcoming album. The band will stay on the road from March all the way through August. The circuit sees them make headliner stops at several big billing festivals too, including three South American stops for Lollapalooza, Shaky Knees Festival, Mad Cool in Spain and Rock am Ring in Germany. They're also favorites to headline Glastonbury this year, although the lineup is yet to be announced. Grab tickets here and check out the full schedule of dates below:
Foals 2019 Tour Dates:
03/16 – Mexico City, MX @ Vive Latino
03/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
03/19 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
03/20 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
03/22 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
03/23 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
03/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
03/30 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
03/31 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
04/02 – Santiago, CL @ Teatro La Cupula
04/05 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil
04/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/16 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
04/18 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
04/19 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
04/22 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
04/24 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
04/26 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
04/27 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
04/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
04/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/03-05 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/12 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
05/13 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
05/15 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
05/16 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
05/17 – Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
05/19 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
05/20 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
05/24 – Newcastle, UK @ This is Tomorrow
06/05 – Hamburg, DE @ Grosse Freiheit
06/06 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
06/07-09 – Nurburg, DE @ Rock am Ring
06/07-09 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock im Park
06/11 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
06/14 – Tunbridge Wells, UK @ Bedgebury Pinetum
06/15 – Birmingham, UK @ Digbeth Arena
06/18 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Galvanizers Yard
06/20 – Thetford, UK @ Thetford Forest
06/21 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
06/24-26 – Zagreb, CR @ Inmusic Festival
06/26 – Bournemouth, UK @ International Centre
07/02 – Dublin, IE @ Trinity College
07/05 – Barcelona, ES @ Festival Cruilla
07/05-07 – Ewijk, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
07/26-28 – Benidorm, ES @ Low Festival
08/01-03 – Lustenau, AT @ Szene Open Air