21 Mar 2008, 12:13
The sound of horns; rising from the distance, gradually getting louder and louder. That sound is the arrival of Foals
' debut album 'Antidotes' and more importantly, the sound of them shaking off the hype that's been plaguing them in recent months, and making the record they wanted to make. Ever since 'Hummer
' and 'Mathletics
' hit the new music scene like meteorites, indie kids everywhere have been dancing and screaming like their feet are on fire. Which may be why both tracks were left off here. Foals may lose some of those fans who were initially numbed by the relentlessly catchy first singles, but they'll win serious music fans, of all ages. Because anyone with an ear of the original will fall in love with 'Antidotes'.
Back to those horns: 'The French Open
' opens as a slow build up which climaxes with the repeated yelp of "Un peu d'air sur la terre!" - apparently inspired by the beauty in Andy Roddick's tennis serve. It's a fair representation for the rest of the album; powerful repeated vocals…