Following its premiere on the BBC’s Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record,” Foals have unveiled a new song entitled “Mountain At My Gates” from their forthcoming new album “What Went Down,” due out on August 28th on Warner Music.
Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine), “Mountain At My Gates” builds from the leftfield grooves and angular art-rock that characterized previous Foals’ anthems such as “My Number” and “Miami”. This time, however, the quintet subverts expectations by twisting the track into a frenzied finale with a cacophony of sound.
Vocalist/guitarist Yannis Philippakis said in a track-by-track interview with NME:
I’d recorded the beginning riff on my phone ages ago. At the beginning it had a baggy feel, but became less so with more work. The central image – I see a mountain at my gates was from me getting more interested in seeing what would come out lyrically where there wasn’t a pre-conceived idea. Normally I write voraciously in books and journals, then harvest a lot of that for the record. This, though, came out instantaneously in the room.
Foals’ “What Went Down” earned a series of Radio 1 support (Hottest Record in the World, Tune of the Week and Track of the Day) as it accelerated past the million views mark at YouTube.
Foals have released three top ten albums to date: “Antidotes” (2007, album chart no 3), “Total Life Forever” (2010, no 8) and “Holy Fire” (2013, no 2). 2013 was the year that Foals broke through. Appearing high up the bill at festivals around the world, Foals became festival headliners in the UK, headlining “Bestival,” “Latitude” and “Parklife,” drawing the biggest crowds of the weekends. By the end of 2013 Foals had won another slew of awards: Best Live Act at the Q awards, Best Live Act at The Sun Bizarre awards, Best Single (Inhaler) at the NME awards and a Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize nomination (the band’s second in a row).