Foals announced their new album, What Went Down, a few days ago, and they just premiered the title track and lead single on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. If you’ve been following their progression over the past three records, then what they have in store for the fourth may be a bit of a surprise. It’s a lot dirtier and scuzzier than what they’ve done before, and frontman Yannis Philippakis told NME when they announced the album that they were trying to move closer to their live sound. But it’s still arena rock for a band that will probably never make it to an arena outside of the continent they call home, just this time around it’s buried under a bit more fuzz. But if you’re in the mood for this kind of stuff, it does a good enough job at scratching the itch, and at least the band isn’t resting on their laurels after three albums worth of the same. Check it out below.
What Went Down is 8/28 via Warner Music.