SINGLE REVIEW: Foals – What Went Down

Originally posted on Noise Cannon as part of the Noise of the Week feature:

Foals have returned to the limelight, teasing us listeners before chucking something entirely satisfying our way. This track got me going “yes yes yes!” for all its raw energy, fluctuating melodies and kicking rhythms that keep you on the ground, yet ominous tones imply that there’s more to come.

Foals have embraced a variety of guitar styles in one song, and Yannis Philippakis’ occasional repression from lyrical pronunciation adds a rich, dramatic tone. The heavy rhythms are somewhat set free in an array of sparkling harmonies that tempt the mind out of reality, before Philippakis’ voice brings you back to focus as the previous rhythms return, enforcing just how strong they are. This track merely hints at what the band have been working on since Holy Fire and there’s no straightforward answer for what is to come from Foals in the upcoming months – and that’s just how we like it.

Words by Samantha Fisher


Author: Samantha Mae

Hi! I am a freelance writer based in Southampton, UK. Specialising in music and lifestyle, I enjoy digging deep and getting personal. When it comes to music, for me it is less about what “is good”, and more about what it conveys. As for lifestyle, anything goes. Open to collaboration and new ideas, get in touch!

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