Single Review – Foals – What Went Down

“I wanted to tap into my inner madman” is what Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis claimed was the driving force behind their fiery new single ‘What Went Down’ which is also the title track of their upcoming album which we can expect on August 28th. They’ve enrolled James Ford for production of the album who’s previously worked with Arctic Monkeys and Mumford so suggests they might be trying to travel down a more direct, mainstream route. The heavy-weight instrumentation of the title track confirms that might just be their aims with roaring distortion and unrelenting rhythms carried by a heavy bass-line and a primed back beat. Yannis’ vocals adapt to the shift well and still maintain their melodic quality with the added aggression involved. Generally it is a dynamic and interesting take on the heaver sound that everyone is trying out in recent times with this track building up to those peak moments of volume in the chorus and maintaining complimentary harmonies and melodies that give the song a more intelligent feel as oppose to the mindless thrashing of Royal Blood. Caution must be heeded however, if they go on to make an album of similar songs then it will not only devalue this track but their album and will be detrimental if they want to go on to add a great album in a long ling of consistently good albums. Having said that, they’ve applied themselves well here.

Owen Riddle @oriddle1995