Foals: “We very clearly enjoyed living in our own sound on this record”

Foals. Credit: Rashidi Noah
(Image credit: Rashidi Noah)

There comes a point in every muso’s career that album releases stop being special. It’s not that they aren’t exciting, per se – just that fans will know what they’re in for, that feeling of routine has settled in, and it’s no longer this big, celebratory event. For most bands and artists, that’s around the fifth or sixth album. Foals hit both of those milestones in the same year – 2019, when they released their two-part epic Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – so when word of their seventh album came towards the end of last year, it was exciting, sure, but it wasn’t like we leaped up onto our desks and bellowed through the office, “Holy shit, guys, Foals just announced a new album!”

But then we actually heard some of the songs on this thing. Keyboards and bass guitars stole the spotlight, as did a side of Yannis Philippakis’ vocal palette that felt a little sprightlier than normal. The hooks hit hard and fast, and the grooves were inescapable. It’s hard to believe that Life Is Yours came together during a pandemic, because it is easily Foals’ most upbeat and electric album, suited only for the biggest and most debaucherous of parties. But most importantly, it’s Foals’ most special album – a mission statement declaring that only good vibes may enter their circle.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…