Foals have announced that their fourth full-length, What Went Down, will be out on 8/28. Their last album was 2013’s Holy Fire. They’ll premiere the first single (and title track) from the record on 6/16 via Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. The album was produced by James Ford (Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Jessie Ware) in Provence, France. Here’s what frontman Yannis Philippakis had to say about the album in an interview with NME:
On [2013’s ‘Holy Fire’] I tried to consciously push the lyrics somewhere personal that was more like real life, whereas on this one I just wanted to strip the layers of myself away, have the reptilian part of my brain speak directly and not analyse or censor it. wanted to tap into my inner madman and feel like I was channelling some sort of fevered creature. I wanted to relish the mania, and what ended up happening – looking back at certain passages in some songs – is pretty intense in a way that I wouldn’t have ever been able to plan.
The band has released a short teaser video — watch that and check out the tracklist and some tour dates below.
01 “What Went Down”
02 “Mountain At My Gates”
03 “Birch Tree”
04 “Give It All”
06 “Snake Oil”
07 “Night Swimmers”
08 “London Thunder”
09 “Lonely Hunter”
10 “A Knife In The Ocean”
07/03 Hassleholm, Sweden @ Siesta Festival
07/05 Turku, Finland @ Ruisrock
07/12 Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreaux Jazz Festival
07/17 Bern, Switzerland @ Gurten Festival
07/26 Benidorm, Spain @ Low Festival
08/08 Buftea, Romania @ Summer Wall Festival
08/13 Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
08/14 Piestany, Slovakia @ Grape Festival
08/20 Krakow, Poland @ Krakow Live Festival 2015
What Went Down is out 8/28 via Warner Music.