On October 18, Foals released part two of “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost”, and although it isn’t completely different from their previous work, the album rocks.
There’s been silence on the new music front since the release of “Mountain At My Gates” in 2015, and fans have been eagerly awaiting this album since it was announced in 2017.
Not long after, it was also announced that bassist Walter Gervers was leaving the band, so there was a lot of uncertainty about what direction the band would go in, and whether they would still have their trademark style.
Foals have never limited themselves in album creation, always managing to mix different genres and themes seamlessly into their music, ranging from electro to rock. This album is no exception: every track stands out in its own rights with only a few not that memorable.
Most albums can be separated into two categories: car albums and house albums. House albums are the kind of albums you play in the house when you need some background noise while doing chores or working. “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost” part two falls into the other category: car albums.
Car albums are the albums you play when you have nothing else to focus on (except the road), where you’re alone with the music and can appreciate every individual track as you drive.
Yannis Philippakis once again blows the audience away with his unique vocals, and Jack Bevan, Jimmy Smith and Edwin Congreave are similarly amazing. Although Walter Gervers’s bass is missed, the band performs well as a four-piece.
The stand-out tracks on the album for me were definitely “Like Lightning”, “Dreaming Of “and “10,000 Feet”. “Dreaming Of” seems to be a cross between “Syrups” from “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost” part one and “My Number”, one of the band’s earlier and most well-known songs.
Probably the closest comparison to “Like Lightning” is “What Went Down”, but both “Like Lightning” and “10,000 Feet” have a really original vibe to them and it’s difficult to compare them to any of Foals’s previous music.
“Red Desert” seems to be an intro track, only around one minute in length, and then the last song on the album, “Neptune”, is a whopping 10 minutes in length. Not a minute more than necessary, though. Rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith’s performance in this track absolutely shines through, accompanied by cool atmospheric tones from keyboardist Edwin Congreave, and as always Jack Bevan on drums is the musical glue that brings their sound together.
Both part one and part two of “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost” have an increased emphasis on instrumentalism, more so than previous albums; which is definitely not a bad thing.
We should also take the time to appreciate the remix album brought out between the two album releases, with the Vincent Taurelle remix of “Syrups” and the remix of “Exits” by George Fitzgerald really standing out as great tracks in their own right.
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