Foxygen, an LA group consisting of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, is an experimental alternative rock group that haven’t exactly stuck to one genre over their 4 existing releases. Their first commercial release, Take the Kids Off Broadway, saw the duo take heavy influence from sixties groups like the Rolling Stones and Elton John, but with a new school flair. I found that album to be quite good, along with their next release, We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. This LP was a complete change of pace, throwing themselves more into indie pop. I wasn’t as big of a fan of And Star Power, which got mixed reviews across the board.

They released Hang late January 2017, and it seems to return to their earlier sound with a few added flavors. France and Rado keep their unique vocals aboard, but add bigger production and a broadway flair to the tracks. This LP feels like Take the Kids Off Broadway on a bigger budget, which I can only assume was purposeful. I didn’t think I would like a return to an older sound from Foxygen, but this thing surprised me in a few different ways. The first track, Follow the Leader, kicks the album off on a fantastic note. The keyboard at the beginning is bright, and the violins that come in provide a happy tone for the track. This cut is my favorite off the record because it executes the sound they’re attempting better than any other song on it. That’s not to say that the rest of these tracks don’t follow through on expectations, though, because Foxygen comes through with a great set of songs that each individually serve their own purpose.

The duo even tackle political themes in a way that isn’t too invasive to the concept of the rest of the record. America has themes that are decently self-explanatory, but the lyrics are definitely worth a read.  My least favorite song here has to be Trauma just because of its forgetfulness. It seems like the idea of the album could easily have been captured without the track. The album is only 37 minutes long, which is no longer or shorter than was necessary. Foxygen kept this thing concise, which only adds to its appeal. Overall I think this album was brilliantly written and performed with a passion that would be fantastic to see more of from Sam France and Jonathan Rado. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Foxygen, and I’m hoping they release another full length soon.